Imprint:Playwrights Canada Press
Dimensions:8in x 5 x 0.25 in | 150 gr
Page Count:128 pages
I don’t think you can expect society to change if you’re not ready to take the first step.
In the 1970s Beverly walks into an office of Black activists, wanting to join the Movement, and has to prove she’s committed enough to fight. Some forty years later, in the Hip Hop Generation, Nicole reunites with her ex-boyfriend on a basketball court, wondering where he’s been, when a police officer stops them.
In this striking debut, Amanda Parris turns the spotlight on the Black women who organize communities, support their incarcerated loved ones, and battle institutions, living each day by a ride-or-die philosophy, strengthening their voices and demanding to be heard.
Amanda Parris is a writer, TV host, and producer. She is the creator and showrunner of the comedy series Revenge of the Black Best Friend. It won the 2023 Canadian Screen Award for Best Web Program or Series, Fiction. Her theatre play Other Side of the Game was awarded the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama and her short play The Death News won the 2022 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing, Web Program or Series. Last year, Amanda received the inaugural Changemaker Award from the Canadian Screen Awards and earlier this year she was awarded the ACTRA Sandi Ross Award for her efforts to call out systemic racism in the Canadian media community.
"[Parris] is definitely someone to keep an eye on… [she] is a strong writer with a unique and inspiring voice."- Allison Gerson, Mooney on Theatre
"Parris’s play does the worthy work of combating the idea that Black women are superhuman, able to bear the weight of their communities, fight societal racism on micro and macro levels, and care for their families while managing a tight budget."- Carly Maga, Toronto Star
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