Once on This Island presents a Caribbean-infused tribute to the resilience of the human heart-ad to love's extraordinary power to tear down walls and transform our lives. Set on a tropical island ruled by temperamental gods, this Tony Award-winning musical follows orphaned peasant girl Ti Moune, who falls for Daniel, the son of a wealthy family. Ti Moune is determined to be with her beloved at any cost, but can her courage overcome the age-old prejudices separating their different worlds?
The set of Once on This Island at the beginning of the show.
Haiti, in a community affected by natural disasters
Racial prejudice, some violence and discussion of sex.
Ti Moune/Young Ti Moune — A peasant girl. Played by two actresses.
Daniel — Ti Moune's love interest, a grande homme.
Mama Euralie — Ti Moune's adoptive mother.
Tonton Julian — Ti Moune's adoptive father.
Andrea — Daniel's betrothed, a grande homme.
Armand — Daniel's father, a grande homme.
Agwe — God of Water
Asaka — Mother of Earth
Erzulie — Goddess of Love
Papa Ge — Demon of Death
Here are a series of options you have while attending Once on This Island:
Before the play…
— Enter the theatre building
— If needed, pick up your ticket at the Box Office
— Before or when the announcement is made on the speakers, enter the theatre and find your seat
— Sit down in your seat
— Listen to the pre-show announcement speech
During the play…
— Stay seated and watch the play
— Move to another section at the back of the main floor seats to move around while watching the play
— Move to one of the standing room sections at the back of the theatre to stand while watching the play
— Move to the lobby to watch the play from a TV monitor
— Move to the lobby for a quiet space with no monitor and less noise
*If you choose to leave the theatre during the performance, you may return to your seat whenever you are ready and when the house manager says it is OK.
— Stay in your seat
— Or go to the lobby. In the lobby, you can:
– Use the restroom
– Look at the art in the lobby
– Buy food or drink at the Mezzanine bar
— Before or when the announcement is made, return to your seat. Watch the second part of the show.
After the play…
— If you wish, applaud during the curtain call when the actors bow
— Exit through the hallway to the Sarah Shallenberger Brown Lobby
— Exit through the balcony door and back down the stairs to the Sarah Shallenberger Brown Lobby
— Or stay seated until most of the crowd has exited to the lobby and then leave at your own pace
Actors Theatre of Louisville is committed to a judgement-free experience for all audience members. While attending this performance, you might see a variety of behaviors, including:
Stimming: a physical or verbal response to over- or under- stimulation that can provide self-regulation or self-expression. This might be repeated hand-wringing, rocking or clapping.
Echolalia: Some patrons may repeat phrases, quotes and speech. Sometimes, this aids comprehension, and sometimes, this can be a calming or relaxing activity.
Tics: Involuntary movements or vocal sounds (please note: tics and stimming are separate behaviors)
Touch Sensitivity: Some patrons may be very uncomfortable with physical touch from others and/or aware of the sensation of materials on their skin.
Alternative Communication: Some patrons might use non-verbal forms of communication in response to over- or under- stimulation. Types of communication can vary and can include: sign language, typing, body language, facial expressions and/or using pictures.
Fidgets: Some patrons may bring small objects with them to a performance – like stress balls, sewing pads or putty. Using these objects can relieve stress, aid relaxation and increase focus.
Sensory and Emotionally-Intense Moments: The ushers at each performance will have a list of sensory intense moments throughout the play. For example, the list may note lights, sound effects or other sudden changes that could be overwhelming to some patrons.
Special thanks: Talleri McRae, The Kentuckiana Autistic Spectrum Alliance (KASA), Autistics United Kentucky, The Kentucky Autism Training Center and Heidi Cooley-Cook, Micah Peace, Bev Harp, Erin Fitzgerald, Cody Clark, Peyton Stockdale and Natalie Ambrosino.