In partnership with OCAD's Black Future Month, PIECE of MINE is presenting the 2nd annual special tribute to Black Men in Theatre. We are excited to feature 5 contemporary play creators showcasing powerful pieces. Audiences can expect a range of content, from paternal relationships to political awareness to self-identidy. Join us on Friday, February 19 or Saturday, February 20 for a solid line-up of home-grown talent!

Featured Artists Include: Troy Crossfield, Jordan Laffrenier, Dennis Langley, Luke Reece, and Richard Stuwart.

WHEN: Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 2016

WHERE: OCAD University - 100 McCaul Street, Toronto (Auditorium)
TIME: Doors open at 7:00pm | Show time 7:30
TICKETS: $15 in advance, and $20 at the door, purchase early to save! Groups of 3 save $5 each,

For more information please email info@pieceofminefest.com.

 
 
Living Black Genius (LBG) is a youth program that aims to promote Black Canadian leadership in the arts and business. We emphasize the excellence that is taking place in the present and introduce inspirational community figures to the youth.

The 8-week youth program (14 - 20) runs Tuesdays & Friday's from 6 - 8pm | January 19 to March 24

LBG will be focus on the following three components:
  • Performance – monologues, spoken word, dub poetry, physical theatre, and creative writing. The program will culminate in final a public presentation as the graduation ceremony.
  • Storytelling - Community leaders/elders passing on history and lived experiences through oral tradition
  • Media – professionally filmed and edited Mentor Talk sessions uploaded to social media, including Youtube channel for public engagement.

What participants will receive:
  • Mentorship from 8 prominent community figures
  • Development of a creative piece to present to the community in graduation showcase
  • Free trips to two shows during the program, including transportation
  • Fresh meals each session (no pizza and chips kinda deal)
  • Volunteer hours where applicable 

Interested in signing up or have a youth who would be interested?

Please fill out our form below and you will be contacted within 2 business days with program registration details.


For more information, please email Amanda Nicholls at amanda@pieceofminefest.com.
 
 
Black Men in Theatre returns in February 2016. This event was created out of need to get more brothers involved and recognized in theatre. Click on the gallery link for past event photos.

Black identified male playwrights and artists who would like to be considered for this professional showcase send the following to info@pieceofminefest.com by  Sunday, October 23, 2015:
  • Head shot (high res)
  • Bio (100 words)
  • Play synopsis and script sample (if applicable)
  • Contact number
 
 
"Ain't a damn thing changed"

SpeakSudan presents "40 Acres and a Spaceship" an original production by our Young African Men's Theater Arts Program (YAMTAP) Participants. Please join us for a one night staging of the original theater production, followed by a panel discussion on Black theater and storytelling as well as the importance of community based arts for racialized communities.

About the play
40 Acres and a Spaceship is a critical examination of race and class politics in the unlikely setting of another planet in the far future. The play reflects on the realities of state sanctioned violence, policing, loss and family.

About the panel
Panelists: Amanda Parris, Matthew Progress, Natasha Adiyana Morris and Rania El Mugammar
This Event is Pay What You Can/Pay What You Want, no one will be turned away.

Doors 6:30 | Show 7:00 PM | Panel 7:45
Saturday, May 9th, Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum | 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON

https://www.facebook.com/events/363060637224638/

Trigger Warning: The content of the production deals with gun violence, state and police violence.
 
 
York United Black Student Alliance (Y.U.B.S.A) & PIECE OF MINE Festival present Other Side of the Game, in collaboration with The Ride or Die Project and the Nia Centre for the Arts. With an incredible mix of organizations, this event is bound to uplift, unpack, and enrich!

Playwright, actress and educator Amanda Parris shares her third-draft reading of Other Side of the Game. The play explores the idea of being ride-or-die as a phenomenon that has transcended time, where loyalty is not only devoted to intimate partners but also to families, friends, communities and even to political movements; recognizing that though the recipient may change, the patterns of self-effacement are consistently applied. This new draft will showcase a gifted, all-female cast.

Opening for the play will be a screening of the trailer From Slaveships to Relationships by Chevy X, followed by an audience discussion.

Location: Oakwood Village Library & Arts Centre - 341 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto (Oakwood & Rogers)
*Wheelchair accessible
**Library parking available but limited

Schedule
5:00 PM - Doors open
5:30 - 6:30 - Screening of From Slaveships to Relationships trailer + discussion
7:00-8:30 - Reading of Other Side of the Game

Tickets
$15, general admission
$10 tickets are available to York University students with valid I.D.
Group rates are available for groups of 3 or more - $10/per person
 
 
In celebration of Black Legacy Month, 918 Bathurst presented the PIECE of MINE Festival for a special tribute to Black Men in Theatre. It was a great two evenings that we hope to bring back next year! Check out G8.7 FM's G-Team coverage of the first night!
 
 
TorontoRelationships.com
Published February 22, 2016 | Written by Casey Bradfield 

On Friday February 20th, the Piece of Mine festival presented day two of Black Men in Theatre, a stimulating journey of discovery into the black male experience.

The production featured seven performances written by black, Canadian playwrights.

Black Men in Theatre is a glance into the colourful soul of the black male experience.

Many of the pieces enacted by young actors, most of whom were men, depicted various intimate moments experienced by males in the black community.

Alternatively, the last featured piece, entitled “Ayiti” stood apart from the preceding pieces which were intimate and mainly solo acts, as it was a historical adaptation based on the early planning and action surrounding the Haitian revolution, written by Chevy X and including leads roles performed by both men and women.

The tear inducing, thought provoking, and laugh-out-loud brilliance of the night’s performances came often. This production is a must see for people of all backgrounds and ages, and while there were many great performers, only a few notable contributions to the festival are mentioned here.

Just moments into the start of the night, Leighton Alexander Williams brought the audience to laughter in agreement with his humorous and profound solo piece in which Leighton made it utterly and unforgivably clear that blackness should not be mistaken for ghettoness.

Later in the evening, the laughter rose and then ceased abruptly as Luke Reece took the packed crowd on a nostalgic and heart-felt journey through the playground, as he reminisced about the anger and hurt endured as a result of certain familial and social complexities centred around the relationship with his father. Reece’s sincerity and commitment to his role made is easy for anyone who had ever experienced family related complications to connect with the piece.

Family relations and fatherhood was a prominent theme throughout the night. Members of the audience were close to tears when Troy Crossfield and Dennis Langley illustrated some of the harsh realties of a strained father-son relationship. Both black, male actors embodied the anger, sadness, fear, and love that the performance provoked. The actor’s brilliance left the audience with silent praise for the future of a determined, black family.

Arguably, the most rewarding part of the show was the ability to gain access to the often unspoken moments in black lives. These are the moments that build character, explain action or the lack thereof, and encourage self-reflection and even change.

Into an audience filled with mostly black faces, Chevy X did just this, as he unearthed the seed of black revolutionary action and planted a visual of Haitian history. Not only did he nurture the fields of the past with a historical retelling but he also watered and bore fruit, by highlighting the role of women in spawning the first black republic.
Chevy X’s play, inspired by CLR James’s “The Black Jacobins” emphasized the women’s role in fighting, planning, and supporting the revolution. Specifically, the role of Jean-Jacques Dessalines wife, Marie-Claire played by Sasky Louison was most remarkable. The young actress’s portrayal of general Dessalines wife brought the play to life with her unrelenting passion and comfort in the supporting role.

Black Men in Theatre was a sneak peak at the work of black Canadian playwrights, and with over three hours of hand-picked creativity cooked and served to please, the entire production showcased the deep ocean of talented actresses, actors, and playwrights that Toronto has to offer.

In order of appearance, the Black Men in Theatre featured Leighton Alexander Williams doing an adaptation of The Shipment written by Young Jean Lee; Jordan Laffrenier performing his own piece, Arbor; Incognito by Araya Mengesha; New Artful written by Joseph ‘Jomo’ Pierre, directed by Amanda Nicholls, and performed by Rudy Tijerino; Point Five, written and performed by Luke Reece, Something To Offer by Yvonne Rodney, performed by Troy Crossfield and Dennis Langley, and Ayiti by Chevy X, directed by Lucy Hamlet and Tricia Herman, and performed by Quentin Vercetty, David Deslica, Sasky Louison, and Tricia Herman.

Find the article here: http://torontorelationships.com/black-men-theatre-review/
 
 
PIECE OF MINE Founder, Natasha Adiyana Morris appeared on Canada AM on February 12, 2015.

Novelist Cecil Foster, visual artist Robert Small and playwright Natasha Morris discuss bringing Canadian black history to life. View video here
 
 
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Quentin Vercetty performing in Ayiti (2014). Photo credit: Fonna Seidu
918 Bathurst is presenting PIECE of MINE Festival this Black History Month! We're celebrating Black Men in Theatre and looking for a limited number of submissions from black male artists to perform short scenes, monologues, dance solos, or stand-up comedy. Small honorariums will be provided. Please email info@pieceofminefest.com with the following information: 

1. bio + head shot + contact number
2. synopsis of your presentation 
3. sample of your presentation (script and/or video link) 
4. number of cast members (if applicable)

Send your proposals by Sunday, January 18th to be considered. Do it big!!!
 
 
POMF is introducing committees to support specific areas of the festival; this will increase our capacity to work efficiently and reach larger networks. Here are the specific areas of need:
  • Fundraising & Development (Grants, sponsorship proposals, in-kind donations)
  • Audience Development & Outreach (Volunteer recruitment and management, youth ticket distribution, developing community partnerships)
  • Programming & Events (Pilot program series, special events planning)
  • Media & Communications (Marketing campaign, social media, public relations, marketing material distribution)
  • Documentation (Photography, videography, editing, graphic design)

Working small is played-out! If you are interested in being on a committee(s) please email info@pieceofminefest.com by January 31st and you will be invited to an information session. Referrals are welcomed.
 

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