For the first time ever, Black Theatre Workshop will be presenting 2 one-act plays in a special Double Bill presented in association with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). BTW places the spotlight on two playwright alumni of our Artist Mentorship Program with a ‘Double Bill’ presentation of their recent work: Dark Red by Willow Cioppa and CryBaby by Kalale Dalton-Lutale.
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Willow Cioppa is an interdisciplinary artist and playwright who’s work focuses on the nuances of sexuality, trauma, self-reflection, femininity, Blackness, and their undying love for rap music. They are currently earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Art History & Film Studies with a minor in Sexuality. They are an alumni of Playwrights Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators’ Unit, as well as Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, their work has taken on many faces since childhood; from diaries, to painting, to illustration, to moody poetry written in dark spaces, and here, to play-writing where their aim is to create decadent visual, auditory, and written landscapes.
About Dark Red
Calliope is a young woman on the cusp of a complete meltdown. Alone in her apartment, she writes a single letter addressing every man she’s ever fucked, blurring them all together to create one beast, representative of all her trauma. Addressing this man in a vulgar, crass, and brutally honest text, Calliope unravels her experiences of heartache and abuse, searching for closure in songs, books, memories, and liquor. Dark Red is a viscous, textural exploration of what it means to lick our own wounds and heal ourselves, moving past our brokenness and reclaiming our pain in order to move forward.
Kalale Dalton-Lutale is a writer and performer from Toronto. She has performed in Pervers/Cite, Montreal MonoChrome, Playwrights Workshop Montreals’ Young Creators Unit Showcase, The Revolution They Wrote Theatre Festival, and KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House in Toronto and Los Angeles. Recently her play Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions) was nominated for two Montreal English Theatre awards; Outstanding New Text, and Outstanding Emerging Artist. Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions) was also nominated for a Tom Hendry award in the inaugural Theatre for Young Audiences category. Currently Kalale is studying playwriting at The National Theatre School of Canada where she is developing a number of new works.
So you have these memories, right? And they’re all sort of hanging above your head like a tangled mobile. Pieces of songs that remind you of your dad in college, the smell of chlorine, your mother’s hand writing, a card you made for your sister.
In Kalale Dalton-Lutale’s Crybaby we watch as a young woman unravels. Relying on her personal archive as source material, Dalton-Lutale’s (2016) work offers the audience a non-linear piece of theatre. By resurrecting the archive, she unveils the framework of love that has shaped her into the person she is today. Prompted by falling in love for the first time, the playwright reflects on her own Blackness, family, and womanhood. Crybaby asks us “how can we be whole when a part of us is missing?”
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