Dramatic and brilliantly conceived… Oil and Water is a total theatrical experience that
is not to be missed. PaulaCitron.ca
An Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland Production (St. John's)
A compelling true story of rescue, rebirth, and salvation. Barely surviving a WWII shipwreck, U.S. sailor Lanier Phillips becomes the first black man to appear in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland. Long accustomed to racism back home, Lanier’s life is forever altered by the kindness and generosity of local residents. Hopeful and haunting, bleak and beautiful, Oil and Water’s tale of transformation – of baptism, cleansing, and awakening – delivers a powerful dramatic punch.
Did you know?
Lanier Phillips (1923 – 2012), the U.S. Navy’s first black sonar technician and a civil rights activist, was also an honorary member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Performance is approximately 1 hour 25 minutes with no intermission.