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21 Black Futures - The Anthology

21 Black Futures

The Anthology

Created by Obsidian Theatre
Subjects: Feminist Theatre, Deaf Theatre, Super Short Shows, Solo Shows, Comedy, Mental Health, Disability Theatre, Family Life, Marriage & Divorce, Scenes & Monologues, Award Winners
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104557, 264 pages, September 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369104571, 264 pages, October 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369104564, 264 pages, October 2023

Table of contents

A Radical Offering in Unprecedented Times: The Story
of 21 Black Futures by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu

The Death Doula by Amanda Parris

The Sender by Cheryl Foggo

Jah in the Ever-Expanding
Song by Kaie Kellough

Beyere by Shauntay Grant

Madness With Rocks by Peace Akintade-Oluwagbeye

Witness Shift by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Sensitivity by Lawrence Hill

Special by Keshia Cheesman

Umoja Corp by Jacob Sampson

Notice by Luke Reece

Blackberries by Miali-Elise

Emmett by Syrus Marcus Ware

Georgeena by Djanet Sears

Rebirth of the Afronauts by Motion

Cavities by K.P Dennis

40 Parsecs and Some Fuel by Omari Newton

The Prescription by Lisa Codrington

Chronologie by Stephie Mazunya

Yɛn ara asaase ni by Tawiah M’Carthy

Builders of Nations by Joseph Jomo Pierre

Omega Child by Cherissa Richards


What is the future of Blackness? Obsidian Theatre presents twenty-one versions of it.

In 2021, Obsidian Theatre engaged twenty-one writers to create twenty-one new stories about imagined Black futures. Twenty-one to celebrate Obsidian’s twenty-first anniversary in 2021. Each playwright was tasked with scripting a ten-minute monodrama in response to the question “What is the future of Blackness?” To counter the intense early-pandemic isolation and the trauma of witnessing heightened violence toward Black bodies, Obsidian’s goal was to give as many opportunities to as many diverse Black artists as possible and to bring new voices together from both theatre and film. It was a grand experiment to create a rich tapestry of possibilities and to uplift Black artists in the process.

A radical offering in unprecedented times, newly appointed Obsidian artistic director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu’s curatorial aim was joyful, aspirational, and empowering: come together in this moment and create something communal, unapologetically Black, and with the Black gaze at its centre—art as the architecture for creating those futures. Includes plays by Amanda Parris, Cheryl Foggo, Shauntay Grant, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Lawrence Hill, Djanet Sears, and many others.