A seminal piece of Black Canadian theatre will get a fresh focus when TO Live presents a new production of “’da Kink in My Hair” for its 20th anniversary.
The play by Trey Anthony, in which eight clients at a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto tell their stories, started out as a Toronto Fringe Festival entry before getting Theatre Passe Muraille and Mirvish productions, touring in the U.S. and U.K., and being made into a Global TV series.
Soulpepper Theatre artistic director Weyni Mengesha, who directed the Passe Muraille and Mirvish runs, will direct this new production, running Dec. 6 to 23 at the Bluma Appel Theatre and featuring many of the original cast members.
Other highlights of TO Live’s fall season, its first in person since the pandemic began, include a pairing of Pina Bausch’s 1975 reimagining of ballet’s “The Rite of Spring,” starring 32 dancers from 14 African countries, with the duet “common ground(s).” It runs Oct. 14 and 15 at Meridian Hall.
Montreal’s Kid Koala and a string trio will provide live music for “The Storyville Mosquito,” Oct. 20 to 23 at the Bluma Appel, which uses puppetry, cinematography and miniature sets to tell the story of a young mosquito who seeks his fortune in the big city.
And the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will play Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Oscar-winning score to the 2019 film “Joker” Nov. 16 and 17 at Meridian Hall.
See tolive.com for details on the full season. Tickets go on sale June 30.
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