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Canada’s leading Black arts organization, OBSIDIAN THEATRE, announces two major premieres for their 25th Anniversary Season

World Premiere of TABLE FOR TWO by Akosua Amo-Adem

Canadian Premiere of Candrice Jones’ FLEX

Toronto, May 9th, 2024 – As their acclaimed 23.24 season continues with the Canadian Premiere of seven methods for killing kylie jenner set to begin previews on May 12th, Obsidian Theatre is thrilled to announce the details of their upcoming 24.25 season.

Distinguished by the Canadian Premiere of a buzzy and critically acclaimed work by an African-American playwright and the World Premiere of a first play by a celebrated Black Canadian performer, the 24.25 season also celebrates the company’s 25th anniversary – 25 years of exploring, developing, and producing Black excellence on Canada’s stages.

It is truly humbling to be a part of the incredible legacy of this company and exciting to be co-leading Obsidian at this benchmark moment alongside Michael Sinclair,” comments Obsidian Artistic Director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. “The longer I do this job, the more immensely grateful I am to my predecessors Philip Akin and Alison Sealy Smith and the founding members, for their hard work and legacy of advocating and championing the Black voice during their foundational time leading the company.

In our 25th year, we have programmed work that centers the Black gaze and offers fresh perspectives about the Black experience – a World Premiere by a cherished local Black artist alongside the Canadian premiere of a celebrated contemporary African-American writer. This 25th season is also a real celebration of contemporary Black women in pursuit of their dreams.”

First up, in February 2025, Obsidian partners again with Soulpepper Theatre to co-produce the World Premiere of Akosua Amo-Adem’s TABLE FOR TWO. In the uproarious yet poignant new work, Akosua Amo-Adem takes centre stage as Abena Ohemaa Frimbog, affectionately known as Abby. Directed by the acclaimed Djanet Sears, this captivating and hilarious production delves into the trials and tribulations of modern-day dating.

Following Abby, a Ghanaian woman with an impressive resume, TABLE FOR TWO is a candid exploration of the digital dating landscape, where swipes, likes, and matches collide with cultural traditions and personal aspirations. With razor-sharp wit and unflinching honesty, the play invites audiences to join Abby on her journey as she confronts the complexities of romance, identity, and the pursuit of happiness in the 21st century. 

TABLE FOR TWO has been programmed during Black history month and opens on Valentine’s Day,” comments Tindyebwa Otu. “This is exciting! A story about a Black woman in pursuit of love is a powerful counter to the stories of Black trauma that we often find programmed during Black history month. This production feels doubly special, as not only are we joining forces again with Soulpepper who we had a rich and meaningful collaboration on THREE SISTERS, but it is bringing together the powerhouse duo of actor/playwright Akosua Amo-Adem and the incomparable Djanet Sears.” 

A founding member of Obsidian, Sears’ play ADVENTURES OF A BLACK GIRL IN SEARCH OF GOD was the company’s first full-scale production in 2002 and she has not directed for Obsidian since that time. Amo-Adem has equally been a major part of Obsidian’s history starring in critically acclaimed roles in productions including THREE SISTERS, 21 BLACK FUTURES, SCHOOL GIRLS, OR THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY, and VENUS’ DAUGHTER.

In the spring at Streetcar Crowsnest, Obsidian partners with Crow’s Theatre on the Canadian Premiere of the buzzy FLEX from American playwright Candrice Jones and directed by Obsidian Theatre Artistic Director Mumbi Tindyebwa-Otu. Winner of the National Arts Club’s Kesselring Prize for Playwriting and a New York Time’s Critics Pick, FLEX takes audiences back to 1997 and the WNBA is changing the game. Every player on Plainnole’s Lady Train High School basketball team dreams of going pro. But first, they must navigate the pressures of being young, Black, and female in rural Arkansas, where a mistake on the court can become a foul in real life. 

With the swagger, determination, and adrenaline of a four-quarter game, FLEX celebrates the fierce strength and athleticism of young women and what it means to be going for your shot at greatness. 

Tindyebwa-Otu comments, “Candrice Jones’ FLEX is a raw and vulnerable coming-of-age piece that looks at the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of a basketball team of young Black women. Issues of  gender equity, race and class in competitive sports are at the centre of the piece, as are questions about the raw desire to win, and individual ambition at the expense of friendship and team spirit. This piece is inherently theatrical; it will be like staging an immersive basketball game. I am also excited for what conversations this piece will spark with our Toronto audiences especially in light of ongoing talks about a local WNBA.”

For additional information about Obsidian Theatre’s 25th anniversary season programming, visit obsidiantheatre.com.

Media contact:

Suzanne Cheriton, RedEye Media, suzanne@redeyemedia.ca, 416-805-6744


OBSIDIAN THEATRE 24.25

TABLE FOR TWO (World Premiere)

A Soulpepper & Obsidian Theatre Co-Production 

Feb 7 – Mar 2, 2025 at Soulpepper Theatre

Written by and Starring Akosua Amo-Adem 

Directed by Djanet Sears

“Ghanaian parents don’t talk about sex and when they do, it’s not very helpful.”

In the uproarious yet poignant, in TABLE FOR TWO, we meet Abby, a Ghanaian woman with an impressive resume. She’s waiting at a restaurant for yet another online suitor – the mysterious JD45. Her last date with Marcus007 couldn’t have gone worse, but maybe this time will be different! Maybe JD45 will put an end to the societal pressures, including her best friend’s recent engagement and her mother’s constant questions: Why are you still single? Where are my grandbabies? Why don’t we find you a nice man from Ghana? 

A candid exploration of the digital dating landscape, in TABLE FOR TWO swipes, likes, and matches collide with cultural traditions and personal aspirations. With razor-sharp wit and unflinching honesty, the play invites audiences to join Abby on her journey as she confronts the complexities of romance, identity, and the pursuit of happiness in the 21st century. Don’t miss this world premiere production that promises to leave hearts fuller, and spirits lifted. 

“What makes her piece work so well is the clarity of her writing and the intensity of her performance…Amo-Adem is astonishing.” (The Home Project) Top 10 Stage Artists, NOW Magazine


FLEX (Canadian Premiere)

A Crow’s Theatre & Obsidian Theatre Co-Production 

Apr 15 – May 18, 2025 at the Streetcar Crowsnest Guloien Theatre 

Written By Candrice Jones 

Directed By Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu 

“Flex hits the right rhythms on the court and off.” – New York Times (*Critic’s Pick)

It’s 1997 and the WNBA is changing the game. Every player on Plainnole’s Lady Train High School basketball team dreams of going pro. But first, they must navigate the pressures of being young, Black, and female in rural Arkansas, where a mistake on the court can become a foul in real life. 

With the swagger, determination, and adrenaline of a four-quarter game, FLEX celebrates the fierce strength and athleticism of young women and what it means to be going for your shot at greatness. 

Winner of the National Arts Club’s Kesselring Prize for Playwriting. 

shaniqua in abstraction OPENS TODAY!

shaniqua in abstraction opens today at Crow’s Theatre. Congratulations to writer and performer bahia watson, director Sabryn Rock and the entire creative team!

An intrepidly daring one-woman play, the action follows an actor as she responds to a casting call and slips into a musing multiverse of narratives and characters including an artist, a wet nurse, a talk show host, a descendant of slaves, a comedian, and a convict.

With her poet’s heart and charming humour, bahia defiantly pushes against the boundaries defining and holding back Black women.

A Crow’s Theatre Production in association with paul watson productions and Obsidian Theatre

shaniqua in abstraction
Written and Performed by bahia watson
Directed by Sabryn Rock

Creative Team
Echo Zhou – Set Designer
Kimberly Purtell – Lighting Designer
Laura Warren – Video Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne – Sound Designer
Jaz Fairy J – Choreographer
Sabrina Pye – Head of Props & Design Associate
Des’ree Gray – Head of Wardrobe & Costume Consultant

PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN on Sunday April 14!

Limited tickets are available day-of. Tickets will be available IN PERSON ONLY at the Crow’s Theatre Box Office, starting at noon.

BLACK OUT PERFORMANCE
Join us on Friday, April 26 for a Black Out Performance of shaniqua in abstraction. Black Out Performances are dedicated to celebrating Black stories, Black artists, and Black audience members by providing a safe and welcoming space to experience theatre that is for and by the Black community.

Following the performance of shaniqua in abstraction will be a post-show reception and in the lobby bar. All tickets $20 plus fees and hst.

Get Tickets!

Photos by Roya DelSol. Illustrations by blackpowerbarbie.

Watch the drama unfold with “seven methods of killing kylie jenner”

Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions and drama as seven methods of killing kylie jenner is about to storm Toronto. Queerness, friendship and cultural appropriation will be served hot, so bring your friends and an open mind. In association with Crow’s Theatre, we’re hitting the drama highway from May 12. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride, folks!

The scoop:
An Obsidian Theatre Production in Association with Crow’s Theatre
Written by: Jasmine Lee-Jones 
Directed by: Jay Northcott
Show Dates: May 12-26, 2024
Venue: Streetcar Crowsnest, Studio Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2T1

Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds!

Illustration by: blackpowerbarbie

Three Sisters OPENS on March 7!

Get ready, theater lovers! Inua Ellams’ breathtakingly reimagined classic, Three Sisters, is making its North American premiere on March 7. This isn’t just any production – it’s a star-studded affair directed by the renowned Obsidian Artistic Director, Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. Hurry and grab your tickets before their gone! And the good news doesn’t stop there; we’ve extended the show until March 24!

Three Sisters
By Inua Ellams
After Chekhov
A Soulpepper and Obsidian Theatre Co-Production

Director: Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu

Starring: Akosua Amo-Adem, Virgilia Griffith, Daren A. Herbert, Sterling Jarvis, JD Leslie, Tawiah M’Carthy, Ngabo Nabea, Tony Ofori, Oyin Oladejo, Makambe K. Simamba, Ordena Stephens-Thompson, Amaka Umeh, Matthew Brown (Standby)

Assistant Director: Natasha Mumba
Set Design: Joanna Yu
Costume Design: Ming Wong
Lighting Design: Andre du Toit
Sound Design & Composition: John Gzowski
Vocal Coach & Arrangements, Additional Composition: Adekunle Olorundare (Kunle)
Movement Director: Esie Mensah
Fight & Intimacy Director: Anita Nittoly
Dialect Coach & Cultural Consultant: Dienye Waboso
Dialect Coach: Paul de Jong
Historical Consultant: Ugochukwu Okoye

Stage Manager: Robert Harding
Assistant Stage Manager: Emilie Aubin
Apprentice Stage Manager: Keleshaye Christmas-Simpson

Photos by Dahlia Katz

African Celebration Night was a huge success!

We want to extend our gratitude to Ngoma Drum and Dance for making the evening lively and entertaining. Also, a big shoutout to Afrobeat Kitchen for providing the most delicious Nigerian cuisine. Take a look at some of the photos we’ve shared to see how amazing the night was.

Our African Market will continue to run on March 9, 16 and 23 from 3pm to 8pm. And if you haven’t already, be sure to grab your tickets for Three Sisters!

Photos by Taiwo Bah

21 Black Futures: The Anthology Book Launch

Thank you to everyone who made our 21 Black Futures: The Anthology Book Launch a memorable event! The readings and performances by the artists who contributed to this monumental series were truly inspiring. 

We would like to express our gratitude to Soulpepper Theatre for providing the space for this event, Playwrights Canada Press for helping with the organization and presentation, and the presenters Courage Bacchus, Cherissa Richards, Amanda Parris, Lucius Dechausay, Motion, and Marcia Adolphe for their wonderful contributions! 

If you’re interested in purchasing 21 Black Futures: The Anthology, you can do so online at Playwright Press Canada or in-person at Soulpepper Theatre.

Photos by Henry Chan

“THREE SISTERS” EXTENDED TO MARCH 24!

We are thrilled to start previews of the much-anticipated production of Three Sisters with a star studded cast this Thursday! This week’s schedule is bustling with a variety of exciting events that we’re eager for you to be a part of. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to create unforgettable memories with us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! We have some incredible ancillary events accompanying our highly anticipated Canadian Premiere of “Three Sisters”!  All upcoming events will be held at Soulpepper Theatre.

21 Black Futures: The Anthology Book Launch
February 29 | 6pm to 7pm
The evening will feature readings from Amanda Parris, Cherissa Richards, Natasha “Courage” Bacchus and Motion. RSVP and get a code to see “Three Sisters” on the same night for $21!

African Celebration Night
March 2 | 5pm to 8pm
An open invitation to African audiences to experience Three Sisters with their community. The evening will be a space for Africans and all folks of the diaspora to gather and witness a show that reflects their unique experience. 

African Celebration Market
March 9 & 16 | 3pm to 8pm
African fashion, skincare, artwork and more await you! Come celebrate the richness of the vast African diaspora at the Three Sisters African Celebration Market.

Black Ties
March 22 | 5pm to 7pm
Obsidian’s annual networking event; a gathering of young-in-craft and professional Black theatre artists to chat, connect, and eat good food, Featuring a pre-show panel on reinterpreting Western classics through the Black lens. With Djanet Sears, Lisa Codrington, Joseph Jomo Pierre and moderated by Natasha Mumba.

21 Black Futures: The Anthology Book Launch

Join us and Playwrights Canada Press for 21 Black Futures: The Anthology Book Launch at Soulpepper Theatre on February 29th at 6pm

The evening will feature readings from Amanda Parris, Cherissa Richards, Natasha “Courage” Bacchus and Motion. To enhance your evening, registrants will receive, a discount code to access $21 tickets to the February 29th evening performance of Three Sisters by Inua Ellams, After Chekhov, at 7:30pm following the event. 

Join us for our Annual General Meeting

Learn more about Obsidian Theatre, in our upcoming Annual General Meeting on January 29 at 7pm.