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Falls Church Thespians Tell of Sand, Surf, and Love

The award-winning play "Once On this Island" will be presented April 11-13 by the Theatre Department of Falls Church High School.

Based on a novel by Haitian writer Rosy Guy, "Once On This Island" is set in the French Antilles and tells the story of Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl who falls in love with Daniel, an upper class boy whose life she saves after a car crash. Central to the story are four gods that the peasants believe rule their lives. The gods of Love, (Erzulie) Earth (Asaka), Water (Agwe), and Death (Papa Ge) cause the lives of the young lovers to intersect, sending Ti Moune on the fateful journey that tests the strength of love against the power of death.

Written by Lynn Ahrens with musical score by Stephen Flaherty, "Once On This Island" won London's Olivier Award for Best Musical in 1995 and the play received eight Tony Award nominations that same year. The collaboration of Ahrens and Flaherty also produced the lyrics and music for the Tony Award-winning "Ragtime."

Show times each evening are at 7:30 p.m. at Falls Church High School. Directed by the new theater teacher, Steven Barker, "Once On This Island" is the third major production in Falls Church Theatre's "Season of Ambitions." Other productions this year have been "MacBeth" and "Auntie Mame. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $5 but will also be available at the door for $6.

For special accommodations or information, call 703-207-4059.