Montreal, April 22, 2014 - Black Theatre Workshop [BTW] is thrilled to announce its 44th season, bringing you even more of the prolific work that speaks to the Black experience. This year we are expanding our programming to include two Mainstage productions – the first time we have done so in over 25 years! Join us as we present a bold season of theatre that includes a Canadian Premiere, a Montreal Premiere and collaborations with two of Canada’s most respected theatre companies.
“The upcoming year promises to be a very exciting one for Black Theatre Workshop! With two mainstage offerings and collaborations with our friends at Carousel Players and Imago Theatre, these are exciting times indeed! I look forward to sharing with you a season of dynamic,
thought-provoking theatre that speaks to the heart of the Black community and to the universal human experiences that unite us all. - Quincy Armorer, Artistic Director
FALL MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Our first Mainstage production of the season will be the Montreal Premiere of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s Dora Award-winning play Gas Girls, part of a 54 play series written on each country in Africa. Set against a backdrop of economic depression and a heavy patriarchal society, two young girls embark on a beautifully epic journey of self-discovery, fighting against the forces that seek to prevent them. “Through story, song and play, Gigi and Lola inspire each other to find joy on the edges of survival.” Directed by BTW Artistic Director Quincy Armorer and Liz Valdez, Gas Girls will be presented at the Segal Centre Studio from October 21 to November 8, 2014.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOOL TOUR
For Black History Month 2015, BTW will be touring schools across the greater Montreal area with a production based on the harrowing story of one of the most significant female figures in history. The Power of Harriet T by Michael A. Miller centres on the life of civil rights activist Harriet Tubman, who risked her life to help slaves find safe haven in Canada by way of the Underground Railroad. Produced in association with Carousel Players and directed by Thomas Morgan Jones, this powerful, music-filled production is an inspiring story of the early struggles against racism. The Power of Harriet T will be on tour to schools and community centres February 2 - 21, 2015.
SPRING MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
For our second Mainstage production, BTW will come together with Imago Theatre to present the Canadian premiere of Random by British playwright debbie tucker green. Directed by Micheline Chevrier, Artistic Director of Imago Theatre, and starring local actress Lucinda Davis, this riveting and poetic one-woman show follows a day in the life of a Black family dealing with the aftermath of a random act of violence. When police knock at their door, their lives are forever changed, forced to face an incredible loss. Random will be presented at the MAI from March 18 to 29, 2015.
BTW will host its Annual Vision Celebration Gala next January, honouring outstanding individuals in our community who have made significant contributions to the Black performing arts and culture in Canada. Our Vision Celebration Gala launches Black History Month on an elegant and inspiring note and will be held next year on January 31st, 2015.
Other BTW activities to expect in the upcoming season include our annual Discovery Series, unveiling new works by Afro-Canadian playwrights, and our spoken-word Poetry Jam competition. Throughout the year we will continue to offer practical opportunities to emerging theatre artists through our Artist Mentorship Program, and we will close our season with curry, roti, music and dancing at our annual Curry Q fundraising event!
As the oldest Black Theatre Company in Canada, Black Theatre Workshop continues to promote cross-cultural understanding and diversity in the arts through storytelling from an Afro-Canadian perspective. Join us as we proudly celebrate our 44th season in all of our upcoming activities.
For more information on Black Theatre Workshop’s 44th season, please visit www.blacktheatreworkshop.ca or call 514-932-1104.