Black and Blue Matters

By Omari Newton

Black Theatre Workshop’s Discovery Series is a play development initiative that promotes the unseen work of emerging and established Black Canadian playwrights. This event supports Black Theatre Workshop’s mandate to reflect culturally diverse Canadian voices.


Sammir Frederique AKA DJ Sam-I-Am and officer David Harrison are bonded by trauma. A late night altercation led to the white officer shooting the unarmed Black youth. The two are now stuck, haunted by the life-altering event which dominates their subconscious. They meet in a shared nightmare, forced to battle each other – and their demons – to return to a life they once knew. Black and Blue Matters is a satirical, interactive, Hip Hop theatre piece that deconstructs the justice system, white supremacy, and the nature of traumatization. 

OCTOBER 21, 2019

Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal
7250 Clark St Suite 103, Montreal
Tickets: or 514.932.1104


Omari Newton


Omari Newton is an award-winning professional actor, writer, director and producer. As a writer, his original Hip Hop theatre piece Sal Capone has received critical acclaim and multiple productions, including a recent presentation at Canada’s National Arts Centre. He has been commissioned by Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) in Montreal to write a companion piece to Sal Capone entitled Black & Blue Matters. The new piece is set to premiere at BTW in 2019. Omari and his wife, fellow professional playwright Amy Lee Lavoie, recently received a generous grant from the Canada Council to co-write a new play: Redbone Coonhound. Their latest collaboration is a bold and innovative satirical comedy that confronts instances of systemic racism in the past, present and future.

Newton’s work in Speakeasy Theatre’s production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment earned him a 2017-2018 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor, as well as a nomination for Best Direction. Notable film & TV credits include: Lucas Ingram on Showcase’s Continuum, Larry Summers on Blue Mountain State and lending his voice to the Black Panther in multiple animated projects (Marvel). Most recently, Omari has a recurring role as Nate on Corner Gas (the animated series) and a recurring role as Corvus of Netflix’s hit new animated series The Dragon Prince.












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