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Haitian actor to play lead in new play tackling mental health

Haitian-American actor Nixon Cesar plays lead character in the premiere of “Master of the Crossroads,” a new play which opens at The Bridge Theater Jan. 16 until Feb. 9.

A Haitian-American actor is playing a lead character in the premiere of a new production debuting at The Bridge Theater on Jan. 16. Brooklyn raised actor, Nixon Cesar, plays a soldier back home, and fresh from a tour in Iraq in “Master of the Crossroads.”

The play follows his character Cornbread, who returns to find out that his wife has given birth to his child, while also suffering with a bout of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But with a looming feeling that the child may not be his, and actually his twin brothers — a tale of deception and family drama ensues, said Cesar.

“Although the rumor is based on suspicion and not fact, he feels like he is losing his family and is unsure how to feel about this illegitimate child that he’s been told is his, but knows for sure isn’t,” he said.

But the infidelity plot is only part of the play’s main theme of approaching mental illness. Cesar, a graduate of Brooklyn College, says its a very eye-opening look on how it can affect an everyday family, and explores how mental disorders can further trigger other issues for certain men of color.

“The play really tackles PTSD, and a more broader aspect of how it affects African Americans who suffer from it,” said Cesar. “We are already live in an institution, where we deal with society and a police departments that have stipulations out on us, and coming home from a war into another war.”

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
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Jan. 08, 2019

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