Obsidian is pleased to announce our 14th season, this year takes us to new heights with a Canadian premiere, the second musical in the company’s history and our new presentation series.
THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF BERNICE TRIMBLE
BY BETH GRAHAM
Directed by Philip Akin
Obsidian Theatre co-produced with Factory Theatre
The World Premiere of The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble by award winning Alberta playwright Beth Graham (Drowning Girls) is a heartbreaking but humorous portrait of a family in crisis. Iris struggles with life, family and the unwieldy laws of the universe.
November 2 to December 3, 2013
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
BOOK AND LYRICS BY LYNN AHRENS
MUSIC BY STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams
Acting Up Stage Company in association with Obsidian Theatre
Once On This Island by the creators of Ragtime is a captivating musical set in the Caribbean. It follows the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.
January 21 to February 9th
Obsidian Theatre is proud to feature two pieces in our new Presentation Series, supporting companies that are creating, producing and disseminating the work of black artists.
BY DEBBIE TUCKER GREEN
Directed by Jack Grinhaus
Bound to Create Theatre Sponsored by Obsidian Theatre
This mesmerizing and startling drama by Jamaican British playwright Debbie Tucker Green explores voyeurism, power and guilt by confronting the collateral damage of domestic abuse and racial economic divide through a modern storytelling style that is equally blunt and poetic.
Aki Studio Theatre – Daniels Spectrum
October 30 to November 17, 2013
Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
IFT Theatre and Newface Entertainment Sponsored by Obsidian Theatre
A new play by Obsidian’s Playwright in Residence Motion, Nightmare Dream is an intimate, site specific theatre production that moves through space, time and cultural history exploring the African encounter with the ‘other’.
The journey of Simon Dube, an African immigrant haunted by his disconnection to his traditional culture is an evolution of the African self that ebbs into high dreams and terrifying nightmares.
January 7 to 26, 2014