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“21 Black Futures” Obsidian Theatre
February 12 @ 12:00 am - February 28 @ 12:00 am ESTFree
OBSIDIAN THEATRE AND CBC PRESENT 21 BLACK FUTURES,
PREMIERING ON CBC GEM IN FEBRUARY 2021
21 playwrights, 21 directors, 21 actors 21 visions of the future of Blackness
Directed by Dorothy A Atabong, Leah-Simone Bowen, Katia Café-Febrissy, Lucius Dechausay, Alison Duke, Lisa Karen Cox, Alicia K. Harris, Jerome Kruin, ahdri zhina mandiela, Weyni Mengesha, Jay Northcott, Charles Officer, Ngozi Paul, Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Mike Payette, Kimberley Rampersad, Jamie Robinson, Tanisha Taitt, Sarah Waisvisz, Leighton Alexander Williams, and d’bi young anitafrika.
Performed by Philip Akin, Uche Ama, Akosua Amo-Adem, Prince Amponsah, Natasha “Courage” Bacchus, Lisa Berry, Adeline Bird, Amanda Cordner, Lovell Adams-Gray, Daniel Faraldo, Peter Fernandes, Avery Grant, Virgilia Griffith, Sheila Ingabire-Isaro, Dion Johnstone, Pablo Ogunlesi, Sabryn Rock, Chelsea Russell, Emerjade Simms, Alison Sealy-Smith, and Ravyn Wngz.
21 BLACK FUTURES is an anthology of 21 filmed monodramas, commissioned from 21 multigenerational Black playwrights across the country, directed by 21 Black directors and performed by 21 Black actors. Premiering in February 2021, aligned with Black History Month and Obsidian Theatre’s 21 anniversary, 21 BLACK FUTURES will respond to the question, “What is the future of Blackness?”
21 BLACK FUTURES will premiere exclusively on the free CBC Gem streaming service in three parts (3×70 minutes) on Friday, February 12, Friday February 19 and Friday, February 26.
The 21 playwrights commissioned under the project (previously announced) are Peace Akintade (Saskatchewan), Keshia Cheesman (Calgary), Lisa Codrington (Toronto), Miali Coley-Sudlovenick (Nunavut), K.P. Dennis(Victoria), Cheryl Foggo (Calgary), Shauntay Grant (Halifax), Lawrence Hill (Hamilton), Kaie Kellough (Montreal), Stephie Mazunya (Montreal), Tawiah Ben M’Carthy (Toronto), Motion (Toronto), Omari Newton (Vancouver), Amanda Parris (Toronto), Joseph Jomo Pierre (Toronto), Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (Hamilton), Jacob Sampson (Halifax), Djanet Sears (Toronto), Luke Reece(Toronto), Cherissa Richards (Manitoba), and Syrus Marcus Ware (Toronto). One of the monodramas will be presented in French.