duced Carmen Jones in the year 1954 and various other directors such as Dorothy Dandridge who won an Oscar award as the best actor later adopted the opera (Dolen). Harry Belafonte also played a significant role in the acting and directing various scenes of the Carmen.
Carmen grew in popularity and majority of the directors adopted the theme and produced various scripts favoured by majority of the people who were fans of the original Carmen. Since 1975, no director has managed to come up with a new version of the Carmen. However, in the present day, director and playwright Moses Kaufman has decided to come up with a team to bring out the new version of Carmen. The task existed and took the name Laramie Project. It comprises of Auturo O’Farrill, who is a composer and won the Grammy awards. He is working together with Ronald K Brown who is a choreographer together with Henry Fonte, a producer (Dolen). They have assimilated their cast to comprise of many professional and student actors to feature in the new version of the play. The opera made its first appearance at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, which is located at UM, Coral Gables campus set at 8p.m. on Wednesday. It ran until November 23rd.
The plot has however been altered in the new script and production. The role of Carmen has changed and she is not a Spanish beauty who works at a cigarette factory located in 1820 Seville as in the original production of the opera. The setting, through the directors of the script, takes place in Cuba, 1958. The music of the play comprises of Afro-Cuban ascent. In the current opera, which also has a slightly twisted theme setting has changed the roles which are played by the characters of the play (Currie & Horbart 15). Carmen in the plot practises Santeria. She works in a cigar factory, an element that makes the original Carmen and the latest have a marked similarity (Dolen). However, she assists the rebels hiding in the mountains by smuggling guns for them. She also has a