Show Dates:
November 10 – 20, 2016

Show Location:
TPM Mainspace



We all have secrets… but some secrets are darker than others.”

 

Secrets of a Black Boy is a brutally honest dramedy that gives voice to five young black men from Toronto as they come together for one last domino game at their local community centre before its permanent closure – a devastating result of the neighbourhood’s revitalization project. With thousands of people already displaced, the ongoing dismantling of the community serves as a constant reminder that the only home many youth have ever known is literally being ripped apart with questionable explanation and rationale.  

 
Through a series of compelling monologues and authentic narratives mixed with musical interludes, Secrets of a Black Boy critically explores the underlying effects of common stereotypes faced by racialized men and delves into several controversial issues including police brutality and injustice, mental health, domestic abuse, infidelity, interracial dating, and sexuality.

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Find out more about TPM’s Guest Company PLAYINGwithCRAYONS here.

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Credits

Presented by PLAYINGwithCRAYONS
With the support of Theatre Passe Muraille

Created & written by Darren Anthony
Directed by Kimahli Powell

Cast:
Biscuit | Samson Brown
Dwayne | DJ O-nonymous
Jakes | Troy Crossfield
Jerome | Mark Sparks
Sean | Julien Hyacinthe
Sheldon | Al St. Louis

Stage Manager | Kimberly Miller-­Pryce
Production Manager and Projection Designer | Laura Warren
Production Designer | Glenn Davidson
Lighting Designer | Bonnie Beecher
Costume Designer | Rachel Forbes
Music Composer & Sound Designer | Gavin Bradley
Marketing Direction | WolF J McFarlane
Executive Producer | Shaka Licorish

Contributing writer | trey anthony
Dramaturgy by Kimahli Powell
Reviews

“[Secrets’] provocative dialogue around topics such as interracial dating, police harassment, domestic violence, illiteracy, fatherhood, infidelity, and marriage… push past the bravado to ‘bring more softness and sensitivity to the [play’s] subjects.”
– The Toronto Star

 

“A theatrical masterpiece that sifts through all the gory thoughts, doubts, fears, questions, and obsessions that traipse through the mind of a black man.”
– ByBlacks.com

 

Secrets of a Black Boy speaks with great honesty and artistry. It achieves on stage that rare synthesis when a show that is entertaining enriches an audience’s understanding at the same time. One wishes it could stay in town longer so that more people could be touched by it.”
– DC Metro Theatre Arts

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Within Our Walls: The Guest Company Series

Theatre Passe Muraille values collaboration in all its forms.

 

As well as producing our own plays, we also host other companies Within Our Walls. In this season’s Guest Company Series we have both chosen, and invited, two independent companies to produce at TPM, with institutional support coming from us. We believe in these artists and are hosting them in order to help increase their profile and support the advancement of their plays, while introducing their work to TPM audiences.


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Show Dates:
November 10 – 20, 2016

Show Location:
TPM Mainspace



We all have secrets… but some secrets are darker than others.”

 

Secrets of a Black Boy is a brutally honest dramedy that gives voice to five young black men from Toronto as they come together for one last domino game at their local community centre before its permanent closure – a devastating result of the neighbourhood’s revitalization project. With thousands of people already displaced, the ongoing dismantling of the community serves as a constant reminder that the only home many youth have ever known is literally being ripped apart with questionable explanation and rationale.  

 
Through a series of compelling monologues and authentic narratives mixed with musical interludes, Secrets of a Black Boy critically explores the underlying effects of common stereotypes faced by racialized men and delves into several controversial issues including police brutality and injustice, mental health, domestic abuse, infidelity, interracial dating, and sexuality.

secretsofablackboydatesimage

 

 

Find out more about TPM’s Guest Company PLAYINGwithCRAYONS here.

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-12-45-16-am

Credits

Presented by PLAYINGwithCRAYONS
With the support of Theatre Passe Muraille

Created & written by Darren Anthony
Directed by Kimahli Powell

Cast:
Biscuit | Samson Brown
Dwayne | DJ O-nonymous
Jakes | Troy Crossfield
Jerome | Mark Sparks
Sean | Julien Hyacinthe
Sheldon | Al St. Louis

Stage Manager | Kimberly Miller-­Pryce
Production Manager and Projection Designer | Laura Warren
Production Designer | Glenn Davidson
Lighting Designer | Bonnie Beecher
Costume Designer | Rachel Forbes
Music Composer & Sound Designer | Gavin Bradley
Marketing Direction | WolF J McFarlane
Executive Producer | Shaka Licorish

Contributing writer | trey anthony
Dramaturgy by Kimahli Powell
Reviews

“[Secrets’] provocative dialogue around topics such as interracial dating, police harassment, domestic violence, illiteracy, fatherhood, infidelity, and marriage… push past the bravado to ‘bring more softness and sensitivity to the [play’s] subjects.”
– The Toronto Star

 

“A theatrical masterpiece that sifts through all the gory thoughts, doubts, fears, questions, and obsessions that traipse through the mind of a black man.”
– ByBlacks.com

 

Secrets of a Black Boy speaks with great honesty and artistry. It achieves on stage that rare synthesis when a show that is entertaining enriches an audience’s understanding at the same time. One wishes it could stay in town longer so that more people could be touched by it.”
– DC Metro Theatre Arts

Sponsors

secretssupporters

More Info

Within Our Walls: The Guest Company Series

Theatre Passe Muraille values collaboration in all its forms.

 

As well as producing our own plays, we also host other companies Within Our Walls. In this season’s Guest Company Series we have both chosen, and invited, two independent companies to produce at TPM, with institutional support coming from us. We believe in these artists and are hosting them in order to help increase their profile and support the advancement of their plays, while introducing their work to TPM audiences.


More from current season