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Take a roller coaster ride of laughter, love and unrequited love

Posted at 3:54 PM, Feb 19, 2020

Utah Pioneer Theatre is presenting 'Once on this Island', a roller coaster ride of laughter, love and unrequited love.

At its core, the story is about star-crossed lovers, separated by social class and racial differences.

Director Gerry McIntyre has put his own unique spin on the production, setting the classic story line in modern time. The love story is performed with a multitude of true human emotions carefully crafted to carry the audience through its single act.

The folk tale takes place in a sea-swept village in the Caribbean where a peasant girl falls in love with a rich boy. The island is overseen by four gods in charge of everyone's destiny.

Two of the cast members joined us on The PLACE to talk about their roles. Kristian Espiritu plays Erzulie, Goddess of Love and Paul-Jordan Jansen is Papa Ge, Demon of Death. Their roles symbolize the crux of the show... that love always wins!

In the end, the show takes the audience on a cathartic, empathetic journey of hope, laughter and ultimately true love.

'Once on this Island' runs February 21 through March 7. You can find more information and buy your tickets at