How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Mainstage Production
Directed by Tamara Brown

Starting a better life in Canada is a dream for many immigrants, but for Daphne the decision presents an unthinkable sacrifice. This is a story of separation and reconciliation infused with a bold original score that blends gospel, reggae, and R&B with classical music.  Playwright Trey Anthony, the first Black woman in Canada to have her own television series (da Kink in my Hair, based on the hit play of the same name), brings a new narrative to women’s issues and mother/daughter relationships.

February 27 to March 16, 2019 – Montreal Premiere

Centaur Theatre
453 St. François Xavier, Montréal, QC
Box Office: 514.288.3161
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Preview (Feb 27) $17.00
General Admission $27.00

March 19 to 20, 2019 – Brampton Premiere

Rose Theatre
1 Theatre Ln, Brampton, ON L6V 0A3
Box Office: 905.874.2800
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Premium $45.00
A $42.00
B $39.00


The Playwright – Trey Anthony

Trey Anthony is a visionary creator, motivational speaker, executive producer and award-winning playwright of international significance.  She began writing dramatic plays to showcase her talent and display her versatility as a writer and performer. Her hit play and television series, ‘da kink in my hair’ became a commercial success and ran on the theatre scene for nearly six months in a 1000 seat theatre. It received tremendous critical acclaim, and was named one of the top ten plays in Canadian theatrical history and the winner of four NAACP awards. Trey is the first African-Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network.  She is also the playwright for the thought provoking play, ‘How Black Mothers say I love you’ which she is adapting into a screenplay and she is currently developing a television series for a major television network.  Critics started to fondly refer to her as, “The Oprah of Canada”.

Creative Team

Director – Tamara Brown

Tamara Brown is a Montreal-based actress, director, singer, and poet with a love for storytelling, geekery, and social justice. She is a co-founder of Montreal’s Metachroma Theatre and long-time supporter and associate of Black Theatre Workshop. As a director, her work has been seen in Toronto, Winnipeg, New York, Stratford, and Montreal. Favourite credits include The Last Wife for Imago Theatre; the touring productions of Skin, When Elephant Was King, and Bluenose for Black Theatre Workshop; Marybeth Production’s 8 Ways My Mother Was Conceived, and most recently Centaur Theatre’s Successions.


Sound Design – Gavin Bradley

Gavin Bradley is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and producer based in Toronto. He is the recipient of a Juno Award, a Socan Number One Song Award and a Billboard Dance Hot Plate for his work with Jacksoul, Serena Ryder and Nelly Furtado respectively. Gavin’s music has been featured in international film and TV projects. In the theatre, his score for Secrets Of A Black Boy (Playing With Crayons) earned him a Dora nomination for Outstanding Composition & Sound Design. Gavin thanks Trey Anthony and Black Theatre Workshop for the opportunity to musically assist in the telling of this important story.

The Cast

Jamila Shani Joseph

Jamila “Jai” Shani Joseph is the youngest of 3, first generation Montreal born, of Expo 67 dance performer/dance instructor Selwyn Joseph (Trinidad & Tobago) and theatre performer, singer, poet Paulette Armony (St. Kitts & Nevis). Professionally trained dancer, performing in and round Montreal since she was 6yrs old; adding choreographer, facilitator, poet, singer, song writer, actor and business woman owing her own dance company entitled JaiDanse to her title later on in life. She is dedicated to representing for and celebrating her culture and Caribbean roots; her narrative reflects growth, grounding, insight and healing through musical storytelling and movement. Most notable performances of the year include but are not limited to:  Lady in Purple in the remount/self produced by cast production of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Les 6 productions); Dancer/singer in Nicole Brooke’s revised Obeah Opera production at the Sony Theatre Center for Performing Arts for the Fall For Dance North Festival in Toronto (Asah productions); Musical theatre presentation written,directed, sung and performed by Jamila “Jai” Shani Joseph entitled Wild Roots at MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels) ‘s La Foire (Black Theatre Workshop).

Dayane K. Ntibarikure

Dayane Ntibarikure is a trilingual multidisciplinary artist who works as a performer and a director. She enjoys incorporating movement and music into her storytelling as it allows her to delve deeper into her creativity and better bridge the gaps between language, culture and perceptions. She has portrayed the lead role of Dolores Van Cartier in the famous Sister Act musical, as part of the Just for Laughs Festival. You could also have seen her in Black Theatre Workshop’s Binti’s Journey either in Montreal or Toronto. This is not her first time at the Centaur Theatre, she’s been here twice before as an assistant director (Hosanna & Choir Boy) but it will be her first time not only as a performer but one for Black Theatre Workshop’s main stage. It truly is a great honor and privilege to be able to perform with such a strong body of women and people of color, telling such an important story. She’s forever grateful to her Black Theatre Workshop family who allows her to explore her obsession of human connection and stories.

Keren Roberts

There is nothing better than when your passion meets your purpose. A Montreal native of West Indian heritage, Keren Roberts has played many roles from Shakespeare to Caryl Churchill while studying Professional Theatre at Dawson College. Amongst her favourite experiences was playing Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After graduating, she continue learning her craft as a member of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. Recent credits include Junie in Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct/Black Theatre Workshop) which toured to Iqaluit and Toronto and Lady in Blue in the historic production of For Colored Girls at McGill University (TNC). Its stunning success led to a remount earlier this year produced by the cast (Les 6 productions in collaboration with M.A.I.). The through line of all the roles she has played and wants to play in the future is the delightful challenge to portray a multi-faceted character that reflects the full spectrum humanity, especially within the culture. She is grateful and excited to play Valerie in How Black Mothers Say I Love You.