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Black Boys

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 male experience. ...

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers

Slimm, a seventeen-year-old Black boy in a hoodie suddenly finds himself in the first moments of his afterlife. He calls out for God. God does not respond. What happens next is a sacred journey through ...

The Bridge

Set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community, The Bridge explores the complex relationship between two brothers strained over twenty years of secrecy, deception, and dishonour. Secrets are revealed one ...

Refractions: Scenes

Refractions: Scenes is a collection of scenes from diverse contemporary works by Canadian playwrights that reflect the country’s artistic landscape through a breadth of themes, styles, cultures, regions, ...

Sound of the Beast

"Compassion is good, but it’s just motivation. Cars need engines. Movements need mobilization. "

Through spoken word, storytelling and hip hop, acclaimed wordsmith Donna-Michelle St. Bernard illuminates ...

Other Side of the Game

By Amanda Parris
Subjects: Women Writers, Ontario Playwrights, Black Playwrights
Casting: 3 f, 2 m
Duration: 90 minutes

I don’t think you can expect society to change if you’re not ready to take the first step.

In the 1970s Beverly walks into an office of Black activists, wanting to join the Movement, and has to prove ...

Cake

By Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Introduction by Nikki Shaffeeullah
Afterword by Kern Albert
Subjects: Black Playwrights, Women Writers
Casting: 1 f, 3 m
Duration: 60 minutes

A man earns. However little, however nefariously, he earns.

Oba, a middle-aged businessman, is torn between his pride and dignity. He’s obsessed with making deals in unidentified substances to stay ...

The Flood

“I bore him fourteen children and he had me down here faster than lightning. ”

In 1887, women were property and could be imprisoned for any reason. Jail was considered a place for the criminal, the ...

How Black Mothers Say I Love You

From the author of the blockbuster hit ‘da Kink in my hair comes an emotional and raw look into family dynamics, trust, resolution and change.

Claudette still can’t forgive her mother for leaving. ...

Up the Garden Path & The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God

From the author of Cast Iron comes two plays that feature young black women who suddenly find themselves navigating unfamiliar territory on their own. As they embark on journeys from the only homes ...