Wednesday, September 11, 2013

News: (Montreal) Black Theatre Workshop launches season 2013-14 (Press release)

Black Theatre Workshop Launches Season in Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture and the Spoken Word

September 10, 2013 - Black Theatre Workshop launches its 43rd season this fall with the world premiere of Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of written by Montreal native Omari Newton and co-produced with Vancouver’s urban ink productions. Black Theatre Workshop will also welcome back its annual Poetry Jam and introduce a new Artist Mentorship Program targeted to emerging professional artists pursuing careers in theatre.

Sal Capone explores the complex relationship between the hip-hop community and the police, and was inspired by the tragic shooting death of Fredy Villanueva by local police over five years ago.  It is a raw and honest exploration of the ultimate consequences of cultural stereotyping. It will be presented at the MAI Theatre, 3680 Jeanne-Mance from October 23 – November 10, 2013.

When I heard news of Fredy Villanueva's tragic shooting in Montreal back in 2008 I was moved to comment. I was living in Vancouver at the time and this scenario, a young person of color shot and killed by police had become all too familiar. I wanted to better understand WHY tensions exist between inner city youth and law enforcement and what role both sides play in these tragedies. Sal Capone is my attempt to add my voice to this essential conversation." - Omari Newton
A national co-production directed by Diane RobertsSal Capone brings together a talented cast of actors from across the country, including Letitia Brookes andTristan D. Lalla (Montreal), Billy Merasty (Toronto) and Kim Villagante andJordan Waunch (Vancouver). Following the Montreal run, Sal Capone will be traveling to the Roundhouse in Vancouver with urban ink productions in Spring 2014.

POETRY JAM! – Come celebrate the return of our popular Spoken Word competition! In honour of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, the theme of this year’s Poetry Jam is “I Have a Dream”.  The event brings together spoken word artists from across the city who will take the stage to share their voices, all for a chance to win cash prizes! The event will be held at theMAI Café, 3680 Jeanne-Mance on Sunday October 6, 2013.

NEW! Artist Mentorship Program – Black Theatre Workshop is also pleased to announce the introduction of a new Artist Mentorship program, supporting emerging professional artists. This unique program offers intensive workshops, hands on training and apprenticeship opportunities in the disciplines of Performance, Directing, Playwriting, Design, and Stage Management/Production.

For more information on any of our upcoming activities please or call 514-932-1104 ext. 225.

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