Directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander, The Task is translated by Carl Weber and features "funny, satirical and sexually explicit" original songs by Castillo artistic director emeritus, Fred Newman, as well as a song by Billy Taylor and others from the gospel, jazz and rap repertoires. "The promise of revolution comes to Jamaica in 1799," according to press notes, "as the timeless themes of love, loss and betrayal collide when three revolutionaries from France- Debuisson, a wealthy white slaveowner; Galloudec, a poor white peasant; and Sasportas, a former slave arrive in Jamaica to lead a slave rebellion. When an order from Paris cancels their task, the promise of liberation is abruptly broken and each of the revolutionaries must choose his course."
The Task will play through Feb. 21 at the Castillo Theatre, located at 543 West 42nd Street. Tickets range from $10-$35; for more information call (212) 941-1234 or visit www.castillo.org