The World Premiere of
OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME
Written by Amanda Parris • Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams
Aki Studio Theatre • October 14 – November 5, 2017
Set before the rise of Black Lives Matter, OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME is a time-spanning work that tells the story of silenced Black women who organize communities, protect loved ones, battle institutions, and live each day by a ride-or-die philosophy. This first-time partnership between Cahoots and Obsidian also marks the professional playwriting debut for Amanda Parris.
Inspired by interviews conducted with individuals in Toronto and Halifax, OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME gives voice to Black women who support their men, their families and communities, even in the face of dire consequences. Set in Toronto, straddling modern day and the 1970s Black civil rights movement, the play is evocative and lyrical in its presentation of a population under siege.
A meeting place between the urgent activism of the 1970s and today’s unapologetic Hip Hop generation, OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME is a deft illumination of resilience and struggle amidst the simmering tensions in Black and other marginalized communities.
Starring Virgilia Griffith, Shakura Dickson, Ryan Rosery, Peter Bailey, Ordena Stephens-Thompson
Choreography by Jasmyn Fyffe
Set and Prop Design by Joanna Yu
Costume Design by Rachel Forbes
Lighting Design by Kaitlin Hickey
Sound Design by Verne Good
Deaf Community Consultant: Symara Bonner
Deaf Interpreters: Samreen Aziz, Charlene Malcolm
ASL/English Interpreters: Tara Lee Everett, Erin Fremlin
Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
October 14 – November 5, 2017
OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
There will be an ASL interpreted performance on Friday, October 20 at 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm
Tickets $37 • Previews $20 • Arts Worker & Students $25
includes all taxes and ticket fees
To purchase tickets please visit: nativeearth.ca/otherside or call 416.531.1402
Cahoots Theatre holds a prominent place in Toronto’s arts community, pioneering programming that reflects Canada’s diverse landscape. Focusing on intercultural encounters, the intersection of identities and the innovation of form contributes to Cahoots’ powerful and enduring vision. Working with artists of colour, Deaf artists, queer artists, and other marginalized groups, Cahoots gives voice to unique perspectives through the development and production of new works, mentorship opportunities and community outreach initiatives.
Obsidian Theatre Company is Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company. Their threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice. Obsidian produces plays from a world-wide canon focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the works of highly acclaimed Black playwrights.