‘Ti Jean & His Brothers’ made history as the first contemporary play to be featured at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Central Park. Walcott who wrote the play, and co-wrote the music with Andre Tanker, began rehearsals in June in preparation for the opening on July 20 at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.
The cast then toured the five boroughs. The festival’s outdoor season began with ‘Hamlet’ starting James Earl Jones and Stacy Keach. In the photo - musician Andre Tanker, Festival Founder Joe Papp and playwright/poet Derek Walcott , New York - June 1972. (From the Walcott Estate archives)