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For Release Upon Receipt - March 25, 2014

St. Augustine

Oil money flowing like yankee dollars and liquor flowing like yankee money:Revisit these days with ‘Same Khaki Pants’ 

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – The stage is set: It is wartime (Second World War) in Arima and soldiers and sailors from the Naval Base at Chaguaramas and the Army Base at Cumuto are in town having a good time, this is the setting of “Same Khaki Pants”. This award-winning play by Dr Efebo Wilkinson depicts aspects of the life of the American army men at the Wallerfield Base in the wartime era of 1945 and its negative impacts on the borough of Arima. It will be brought to life beginning April 3 at The UWI St. Augustine’s Learning Resource Centre.

Brought together as a company, students of the Bachelor of Theatre Arts programme at UWI’s Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) will present and perform this story, seen through the eyes of Squeezy, the village drunk, who miraculously succeeds in ending the war. According to Dr Wilkinson, “When Same Khaki Pants was written in 1980 it was a pointed commentary on the Trinidad and Tobago lifestyle of the day”. “Oil money was flowing like yankee dollars and liquor was flowing like yankee money. And significantly, today, now that it is being revived, it is once again a very pointed commentary on the Trinidad and Tobago of today.”

General admission tickets are currently available at $100, with special rates for tertiary students with student ID at $75 and for secondary students at $50. Show times are all at 8pm, except for Sundays when they are at 6pm. The play runs at LRC until April 6 and will then move to the Little Carib Theatre for the weekend of April 10-13. All are invited.


For further information and bookings, please call 663-2222, or email

More about “Same Khaki Pants” 

Dr Efebo Wilkinson’s “Same Khaki Pants” won the playwriting award (Best Village, 1980), the original play award (National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago, 1985), and the International Amateur Theatre Association production award, the Mundial, in Monaco in 1985. 

About The UWI 

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 50,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding Higher Education Institute (HEI) in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.  

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.) 

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