On November 1, 1964, Haitian dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier ordered the November 12, 1964 execution of revolutionary activists, Marcel Drouin and Louis Numa. On that fateful morning in Haiti’s dark history, against the wall of the cemetery northwest of Port-au-Prince, the two youths from the Grande-Anse fell under the bullets of a firing squad of the Armed Forces of Haiti. Hundreds of schoolchildren, on Duvalier’s order, attended the execution. Drouin and Numa belonged to the movement YOUNG HAITI (Les Jeunes Haїtien), which included more than a hundred young activists against the Duvalier dictatorship. 1

“Papa Doc”, an opera in one act, recounts the story of this historical execution, as well as the preceding events and aftermath following the Haitian dictator’s orders against the movement YOUNG HAITI. Richard Wesley’s libretto was inspired by noted Haitian author Edwidge Danticat’s essay, ‘Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.’ The musical score was elegantly composed by African-American composer Dorothy Rudd Moore. “Papa Doc” was commissioned for Trilogy: An Opera Company and the world premier performance was recorded February 23, 2013 by Bill May at the Science Park Theater in Newark, NJ. An encore performance of this production takes place at the Science Park Theater July 26, 2014. For More information, visit http://www.trilogyaoc.homestead.com

1(Prepared & Maintained by Emmanuel Ardouin) http://pikliz.fotki.com/very_old_pictures/photos_dantan_in_haiti/numadouin.html

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