Season 48: 2018 – 2019

5 Plays . 4 Cities . 3 Tours . 2 Languages . 1 Outstanding Season!

Black Theatre Workshop is proud to present you with our 2018-2019 Season 48 line-up of productions!

Sound of the Beast

written & performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Mainstage Production
Directed by Andy McKim & Jivesh Parasram

October 3 – 14, 2018 – Montreal Premiere; MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)

Black Theatre Workshop presents a Theatre Passe Muraille production.

In her solo performance Sound of the Beast, two-time Governor General’s Award Nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard speaks truth to power using spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop.  Inspired by Tunisian emcee Weld-El 15 – who was jailed for his song Boulicia Kleb (The Police Are Dogs) – St. Bernard riffs on oppression, poverty and systemic injustice.  Sound of the Beast highlights St. Bernard’s quick wit and quicker rhymes in a multimedia performance that reflects on questions of identity, the decision to call out authority and what happens when authority strikes back.


How Black Mothers Say I Love You

by Trey Anthony

Mainstage Production
Directed by Tamara Brown

February 27 – March 16, 2019 – Montreal Premiere; Centaur Theatre

March 19-20, 2019 – Brampton Premiere; Rose Theatre

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.


Scotian Journey

by Anne-Marie Woods

Black History Month School Tour
Directed by Jamie Robinson

Feb. 4 – Mar. 2, 2019 – World Premiere; Montreal

Sierra Carvery is a young Black woman from Halifax, Nova Scotia who, as she completes a university history paper, gets distracted by thoughts about down home and heading back for the Africville Reunion. She recounts these experiences through storytelling, song and spoken word. Scotian Journey reveals the history and stories about Nova Scotia that are still relevant today, but not yet in the history books.


Angélique

by Lorena Gale

Touring Production
Directed by Mike Payette
A Tableau D’Hôte & BTW Co-Production

December 15, 2018 – Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui; Montréal (FR)*
Purchase tickets this reading here

March 20 – 31, 2019 – National Arts Centre Premiere; Ottawa
Purchase tickets for NAC here

April 3 – 21, 2019 – Factory Theatre; Toronto
Purchase Factory tickets here

*French staged reading, translation by Mishka Lavigne

Marie-Joseph Angélique keeps hope alive upon arriving in Nouvelle France, that this master will be better, that this time she will be happy. Lorena Gale’s tragedy Angélique is everything but happy for the titular character. This Black Theatre Workshop / Tableau d’Hôte co-production is the hidden history of Montréal, demystifying the myth that Canada was the promised land. Slaves and systemic racism were and still are present in Canadian society. The production, the cast and SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble will travel to Ontario for the Ottawa and Toronto premieres at the National Arts Centre and Factory Theatre.

Pictured: Jenny Brizard, Tristan D. Lalla. Set & Costume Design: Eo Sharp.
Lighting Design: David Perreault Ninacs. Photo by Jaclyn Turner.


The Mountaintop

by Katori Hall

Touring Production
Directed by ahdri zhina mandiela
A Neptune Theatre & BTW Co-Production

January 24 – February 10, 2019 – Great Canadian Theatre Company; Ottawa

Katori Hall’s Award-winning play The Mountaintop, is a fictional account of the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life on the eve of his assassination. Set in the very hotel where King was gunned down and following the delivery of his famous speech “I have been to the Mountaintop” King receives a visit from a mysterious stranger with ominous tidings that force him to look at his life and legacy in the American Civil Rights Movement. This Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre co-production continues its Canadian tour, heading to GCTC in Ottawa.

Pictured: Letitia Brookes, Tristan D. Lalla. Set & Costume Design: Eo Sharp.
Lighting Design: David Perreault Ninacs. Photo by Andrée Lanthier.


Other BTW Events for 2018 – 2019!

Black Theatre Workshop will host its Annual Vision Celebration Gala in January, honouring outstanding individuals in our community who have made significant contributions to the Black performing arts and culture in Canada. Our Vision Celebration Gala launches Black History Month festivities on an elegant and inspiring note – look out for more details in the coming weeks.

Other BTW activities to expect in the upcoming season include our annual BTW 5 à 7 community meet and greet and our annual Discovery Series, unveiling a new work from an Afro-Canadian playwright. Throughout the year we will continue to offer practical opportunities to emerging theatre artists through our Artist Mentorship Program.

As the longest running Black theatre company in Canada, Black Theatre Workshop continues to promote cross-cultural understanding and diversity in the arts through storytelling from an Afro-Canadian perspective.  Join us as we proudly celebrate our 48th season!