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.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Black and Blue Matters tells the story of white presenting police officer David Harrison, a few years after he has been found innocent of shooting and killing Sammir Frederique, a gifted black youth and rising star DJ in the “Real City” music scene. Though he maintains his innocence, he is haunted by the slaying. His dreams are filled with a recurring nightmare of being persecuted and prosecuted by figures from his past in an ominous court of law known as The Oppressed People’s Court (OPC). The court is presided over by a trickster judge (Legba), with the assistance of her herald (x), who channel the unsettled spirits of POCs from both the Slain DJ, and David’s past. With audience members serving as jury who decide the fate of the accused, and a number of twists in the story including alternate endings, Black and Blue Matters is a satirical, interactive, Hip Hop theatre piece, that deconstructs bias in legal systems, notions of justice, and the roles race, gender, and class play in the decisions made by state agents.
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 rue Jeanne Mance
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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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