Black Theatre Workshop is proud to present you with our 2019-2020 Season 49 line-up of events & productions! 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 Season 49!
BTW 5 à 7
BTW Rehearsal Hall
This is our annual BTW 5 à 7 community meet and greet, where we invite folks to come and meet our team, and find out what Black Theatre Workshop is all about.
Black and Blue Matters
by Omari Newton
3680, rue Jeanne Mance
This season begins with our Discovery Series in which we present a staged-reading of Black & Blue Matters by Omari Newton, a companion piece to the 2013 production of his play Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of, which focuses on the shooting death of an unarmed black man by local police
by Djennie Laguerre
CAM en Tournée Play
Various Centres Culturels
Rendez-Vous Lakay, Djennie Laguerre’s tale of two sisters’ first journey to Haiti for their estranged father’s funeral, will return to Montreal stages in November as one of the Conseil des arts de Montréal [CAM] en Tournée touring productions.
Double Bill: Dark Red & CryBaby
plays by Willow Cioppa and Kalale Dalton-Lutale
3680, rue Jeanne Mance
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.
VISION Celebration Gala
Black Theatre Workshop takes great pride in bringing Montreal our luxurious annual Vision Celebration Gala. An official launching pad for Montreal’s Black History Month celebrations, the event serves to pay homage to outstanding Black artist changemakers who contribute to the development of arts in Canada and celebrates the vision of growth, solidarity and unity inspired by the great historical and contemporary figure, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Image: 2019’s Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award recipient Fabienne Colas and BTW Artistic Director Quincy Armorer.
Simone, Half and Half
by Christine Rodriguez
Black History Month School Tour
Public Presentation: TBA
BTW presents the world premiere of Simone, Half and Half by Christine Rodriguez. Simone is a teenage girl who is mixed-race, who struggles to figure out where she fits, in a world that still judges people on the basis of the colour of their skin. Touring Montreal schools for Black History Month.
by Tawiah Ben M’Carthy
A Co-Presentation with Espace Libre
BTW and Espace Libre team up once again, to co-present Obaaberima by Tawiah Ben M’Carthy. Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races and sexualities.
August Wilson’s Fences
APR 23-MAY 10.2019
453, rue Saint François Xavier
Closing out the season will be a co-presentation with Centaur Theatre of August Wilson’s Fences. This classic play by one of America’s most beloved playwrights will reunite Quincy Armorer and Lucinda Davis on stage, under the watchful eye of META Award-winning director Mike Payette. In this 1950s snapshot of blue collar America, this play tells the story of Troy Maxson, an African-American garbage collector and ex-convict who once had a promising future in baseball. His circumstances as a youth led him to prison, after which he settled down with Rose and made a family. Troy fights to be a better husband and father to protect his family, at the risk of tearing them apart.
5170 Cote St Catherine
In the final weeks of our Artist Mentorship Program (AMP), the ensemble begins rehearsals for the Year-End Showcase – an opportunity to share their talents with industry professionals and the general public. It is a “cabaret” of scenes, monologues and special skills, including excerpts of work created by our playwrights. From the directors’ vision to the design, from behind the scenes to the stage, this show is created entirely by the ensemble, with support from Black Theatre Workshop.
50th Season Launch
Black Theatre Workshop is arriving at it’s 50th Season and we have many things in store for you! We are looking forward to letting you know what we have planned