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Audio for ‘Female Fruit Vendor’ now live on Otocast


The audio for the Edgardo Carmona sculpture Female Fruit Vendor (Vendedora De Frutas) is  now live on Otocast. The sculpture can be found on the eastern perimeter of the Urban Community Farm just south of De. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The statue depicts one of the most emblematic characters of Cartegena de Indias – a female fruit seller of San Basilio de Palenque with her grand fruit basket that she carries on her head as though bearing with her the weight of the world.

The sculpture possesses many tie-ins with the mission and activities being conducted by and at the Urban Community Farm. Just like the Palenqueras, the Urban Community Farm brings the freshest and highest quality fruits and vegetables to the residents of Dunbar and surrounding communities year-round at low prices or, in some instances, completely free of charge. More, The Fruit Vendor signifies UCF’s commitment to provide the fruits of our labor to make this community, and surrounding communities, much healthier.

When you listen to the audio, you’ll hear the voice of Sonya McCarter. McCarter is an actor, director and theater instructor.

On the directing side, her credits include The Color Purple,  Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Lydia Diamond’s The Bluest Eye and George C. Wolff’s The Colored Museum.

Her acting credits include the role of Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons (Lab Theater), Confusions (which consisted of three one-act plays, The Still Alarm by George S. Kauffman and Alan Ayckbourn’s Between Mouthfuls and A Talk in the Park), the part of Camae in Katori Hall’s Mountaintop, Louise Parker Neese in Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage, Corryn Fell in Gideon’s Knot, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, and as a grieving mother in the virtual presentation of For Black Women Who Experienced Genocide When The Police Murders of Their Sons Was Too Much by Keith A. Wallace for The Best Seats in Your House.

Sonya also had appearances in two episodes of the television show Burn Notice and the film The Florida Project.

McCarter studied theater and the language of Shakespeare at Pensacola Christian College 1990-1995. She holds two Master’s Degrees in Oral Interpretation of Speech and Theatre Arts. Her heart’s passion is to help facilitate engaging, compelling and meaningful theatre in Fort Myers that features strong African-American characters and stories.

If you haven’t yet used Otocast yet, pull out your smartphone and go to your app store right now. When you land there, type Otocast in the search bar and then hit download. It’s free!

The app works with geo-mapping, which means that when you tap on the green Otocast icon, the app will automatically call up the Fort Myers Guide.

Tap on the Guide and you’ll see an aerial map of Fort Myers that displays a number of green pins. Those pins signify the location of most of the public artworks that are interspersed throughout Fort Myers.

Notice the banner that runs along the bottom of your screen. It contains thumbnail photographs of the particular artworks identified by those green pins. Tap on any one of them and it will take you to written information about the artwork; historic, installation and other photos; and an audio like the one that Sonya McCarter just recorded for Female Fruit Vendor or the other Urban Community Farm piece, The Knife Sharpener.

At present, 30 of the City’s 41 outdoor public artworks are included in the Fort Myers Guide. Work is under way to not only add the other eleven, but more than 30 historic points of interest located throughout the City.

Don’t just use Otocast to learn more about the artworks see about town. Be sure to share Otocast with everyone you know. It’s a real conversation starter.

November 7, 2022.


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