Black Boys by Saga Collectif (Virgilia Griffith, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tawiah M’Carthy, Thomas Antony Olajide, and Jonathan Seinen) uncovers the complex dynamics of the queer Black experience. Text, movement, and design portray the rhythm and vulnerability of three very different Black individuals who seek a deeper understanding of themselves, each other, and of how they encounter the world. As they explore their unique identities, their performances rigorously interrogate and playfully subvert the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are read and performed.
Theatrical and intimate, Black Boys weaves together the ensemble’s own personal stories in search of an integrated self and a radical imagination while shining a light on new possibilities for young Black queer people.
“This is an exceptional, powerful, and quite delightful piece of work.”- S. Bear Bergman, Mooney on Theatre
“This is theatre at its very best.”- Willow White, alt.theatre
“Black Boys suggests that conflicts don’t have to be smoothed over, but can be the beginning of creativity.”- J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail