Brown Sugar Baby
Brown Sugar Baby is a swinging and nerve-wracking comedy about an Indonesian jazz band in the turbulent final days of the Dutch colony. This new play by Eric de Vroedt (De eeuw van mijn moeder) is performed by 11 musicians and actors, including Hein van der Heijden, Esther Scheldwacht and Mariana Aparicio.
Run time 120 minutes
Brown Sugar Baby
1935, Hotel der Nederlanden in Batavia, Dutch East Indies. The Indonesian family band Brown's Sugar Babies prepares for the grand finale of the jazz competition. The ballroom is filling up, but backstage things are going wrong. One of the singers has lost her voice. The drummer has to be replaced last minute. And the youngest sister of the family has been missing for days. Meanwhile, the hotel is teeming with the most shadowy characters. As problems pile up at lightning speed, bandleader Kurt tries everything to save his show.
Brown Sugar Baby is a new play by Eric de Vroedt inspired by his grandfather's various jazz bands and a hidden family history. Eleven actors and musicians perform this swinging and nerve-wracking comedy about an Indonesian jazz band. The story is set in the turbulent final days of the Dutch colony, a time when Indonesian nationalism was increasingly harshly suppressed by the Dutch, but could hardly be ignored.
text and direction Eric de Vroedt
cast Mariana Aparicio, Emma Buysse, Mingus Dagelet, Hein van der Heijden, Fjodor Jozefzoon, Esther Scheldwacht, Kurt Schwab, Betty Schuurman, Eddie B. Wahr, June Yanez
costumes Lotte Goos
composition & music Florentijn Boddendijk, Remco de Jong
lighting Bernie van Velzen
dramaturgy Willemijn Barelds
educators Dimphna van Kempen, Martha Villada Márquez, Laura van Zuijlen (context programme)