Toronto’s Cue6 Theatre presents a groundbreaking seven-city simultaneous world premiere of Evan Linder’s racially charged family drama
Toronto, ON- This January Cue6 Theatre will play host to an international conversation about race-relations, marriage and fidelity, love and forgiveness, when it premieres Byhalia, Mississippi as a part of a unique “World Premiere Conversation”. The production is making its debut simultaneously in Toronto, Chicago IL (The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company), Memphis TN (Playhouse on the Square), and Charleston SC (Village Rep Co.), followed by staged readings in Birmingham AL (Theatre Downtown), Boulder CO (square product theatre), and Los Angeles CA (Sixth Avenue) the following week. On January 18th, this unique event culminates with an online talkback connecting artists and audiences from all seven cities.
Jim and Laurel Parker anxiously await the birth of their first child. The due date passes and when the baby finally arrives, the couple is faced with the biggest challenge of their lives: Laurel has given birth to a black baby boy, the result of an affair the previous year. The lives of their family and friends are thrown into turmoil in Byhalia, Mississippi, a town with a racially-charged past that still simmers close to the surface.
Cue6’s Toronto production stars Dora winner Claire Armstrong, Orphan Black star and two-time Dora nominee Kyra Harper, Dora nominee Virgilia Griffith, former Degrassi: The Next Generation star Mazin Elsadig and indie theatre mainstay Joshua Browne and is directed by Jill Harper, named an Outstanding Director of the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival by NOW magazine.
Byhalia, Mississippi is the 2015 winner of the NewWorks@The Works Playwriting Competition at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis TN, and has been short-listed for numerous awards including the Theatre503 Playwriting award.
Cue6 Theatre presents Byhalia, Mississippi
Featuring: Claire Armstrong, Joshua Browne, Mazin Elsadig, Kyra Harper, and Virgilia Griffith
Written by: Evan Linder
Directed by: Jill Harper
Set Design: Christine Groom
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Sound Design: Jeremy Hutton
Costumes: Holly Lloyd
Runs January 7th to the 22nd EXTENDED
The Storefront Theatre – 955 Bloor St. W, Toronto
January 6th @ 1:30pm
January 7th @ 8pm
Wednesday through Saturday @8pm
Sunday matinee @ 3pm
Tuesday January 19th-22nd @ 8pm
Advance tickets available at cue6.ca/tickets
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