OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME
by Amanda Parris
October 14th - November 5th, 2017 in Aki Studio Theatre.. CODE night - November 2nd.
Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams
Choerographer: Jasmyn Fyffe
Co-Produced by Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre
Starring: Virgilia Griffith, Shakura Dickson, Ryan Rosery, Peter Bailey and Ordena Stephens-Thompson
Amanda’s kinetic political script gives voice to black women who support their men and live with a ride-or-die philosophy.
Set in contemporary Toronto, as well as during the black civil rights movement, the play intersects these shifts in time with a prison waiting room, where the women are forever waiting.
Set before the rise of Black Lives Matter, OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME is a time-spanning work thattells the story of silenced Black women who organize communities, protect loved ones, battleinstitutions, and live each day by a ride-or-die philosophy. This first-time partnership betweenCahoots and Obsidian also marks the professional playwriting debut for Amanda Parris.Inspired by interviews conducted with individuals in Toronto and Halifax, OTHER SIDE OF THEGAME gives voice to Black women who support their men, their families and communities, even inthe face of dire consequences. Set in Toronto, straddling modern day and the 1970s Black civil rightsmovement, the play is evocative and lyrical in its presentation of a population under siege.
Playwright Amanda Parris was born in London, England, descending from Grenadian andVenezuelan ancestry, and was raised on the south side of Jane Street in Toronto. The host of CBCTV’s Exhibitionists and CBC Radio 2's Marvin's Room, Amanda is the co-founder of the alternativeeducation organization Lost Lyrics and founder of the critically acclaimed artistic collective T-DotRenaissance. In 2014, Amanda joined Cahoots’ Hot House Creators Unit and was their 2016 Playwright-in-Residence.
Director Nigel Shawn Williams is a four-time Dora Mavor Moore Award-winner as both actor anddirector. His theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice for Bard on the Beach this past summer,five seasons at Stratford Festival, four seasons at Shaw Festival, as well as performances inMontreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Nigel is also heavily involved in new playdevelopment and mentoring young and emerging artists through the difficult transition from training schools to professional life.The talented cast of Black Canadian artists includes Virgilia Griffith (The Wedding Party / Crow’sTheatre, Dora Award for Honesty / Suburban Beast), Shakura Dickson (Women, Everyone LovesSealand / Toronto Fringe Festival), Ryan Rosery (Judas Noir / BDB Productions), Peter Bailey(Enchanted Loom / Cahoots Theatre, Romeo & Juliet / Dream in High Park), and Ordena Stephens-Thompson (How Black Mothers Say I Love You / Trey Anthony Productions, for colored girls whohave considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf / Soulpepper).
A meeting place between the urgent activism of the 1970s and today’s unapologetic Hip Hopgeneration, OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME is a deft illumination of resilience and struggle amidst thesimmering tensions in Black and other marginalized communities.
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