How Black Mothers Say I Love You

 

Mainstage Production
Directed by Tamara Brown

February 27 – March 16, 2019 – Montreal Premiere,

Centaur Theatre
453 St. François Xavier, Montréal, QC
Box Office: 514.288.3161
Online Tickets here

Pricing:

  • Preview (Feb 27) $17.00
  • General Admission $27.00

March 19-20, 2019 – Brampton Premiere,

Rose Theatre
1 Theatre Ln, Brampton, ON L6V 0A3
Box Office: 905.874.2800
Online Tickets here

Pricing:

  • Premium $45.00
  • A $42.00
  • B $39.00

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.

The Playwright – Trey Anthony

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.

 Warona Setshwaelo

Warona Setshwaelo; artist, mother, storyteller, community builder and activist. Originally from Gaborone, Botswana and Johannesburg South Africa, Warona has lived in Montréal for almost 11 years. She graduated with a B.A. in Virginia Tech’s Theatre Arts program in 2000 and has been finagling her way through this acting thing ever since. Apart from working at some of Montreal’s top English theatres (Imago theatre, Black Theatre Workshop, Repercussion Theatre, Tableau D’hote and Geordie productions to name a few)  she has also managed to carve herself a place in the Film and TV industry as well as video games, most recently on  Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Warona is also the Coordinator of the Artist Mentorship Program hosted by Black Theatre Workshop.