Mixx Spotlight by Shahidah
I live in New England in the small state of Rhode Island and when I visit other states people say to me:
“I didn’t know there were black people in Rhode Island.”
Yes, there are black people in Rhode Island. Black people doing very big things in the countries smallest state.
Helen Baskerville-Dukes is one of them. Look at that name and say it three times it is the name of a great story-teller and as a community we need our own story tellers. We need women like Helen to show our pains, our joys, and our accomplishments in the form of theater.
I met Helen by chance in January at a Vision Board Party we were having at Mixx. She stopped into the store to meet another great woman. She told us about a play she was putting on the next month in February. A play she’d written and was producing herself.
Wait, what??? #mindblown
A black woman was standing in front of me telling me she was following her dream as a playwright AND producer. She was doing all of that right here in Providence, Rhode Island where black people actually live and write plays. I always envisioned myself writing a play but always let fear get the best of me and talk myself out of it and there she stood telling me she was doing it. Respect!
I went to her play Men Hurt Too and my admiration was cemented. Since meeting her I have been inspired by her drive and determination. I knew the first woman I wanted to spotlight on this website was her. A woman who doesn’t live by potential without firm and methodical action. A woman who is making space for herself in the world as she brings messages wrapped in comedy and drama to the lucky people of New England. A woman who is committed to her community and uplifting others. A woman who has taken charge of her own destiny and said yes I can and yes I will.
Helen is now preparing for her next play Ladies Night 3 July 22, 2017 –Tickets on sale at Mixx 685 North Main Street and online. I asked Helen for a few moments of her time to share some of her insights on her road to success.
If you are in the Rhode Island/Massachusetts/Connecticut area please go online or drop by Mixx in Providence to buy a ticket. Come discover a Providence treasure in black theatre.
Helen Baskerville-Dukes has been writing and producing plays for more than a decade. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, she began writing story lines from her own life experiences, as well those of loved ones. Those experiences have allowed Helen to present dramas that are true-to-life and address a variety of topics relevant for today. A lover of music, Helen long desired to become a singer, but later recognized that God was guiding her in another direction. However, to satisfy her need to sing and love of laughter, she often combines music, drama, and comedy together with strong Christian principles to create one-of-a-kind theatrical productions that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.
List of Productions:
LIFE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH
LOVE & LIES
THE FLAVA OF CHRISTMAS
THE LAST TIME
LADIES NIGHT II
THE HOLD UP
PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
MEN HURT TOO
LADIES NIGHT 3