Indie Theatre heats up Toronto this January with Byhalia, Mississippi 

 

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

 

Preview Performances:

January 6th @ 1:30pm

January 7th @ 8pm

 

Regular Run:

January 8th-17th:

Wednesday through Saturday @8pm

Sunday matinee @ 3pm

 

Extended Run:

Tuesday January 19th-22nd @ 8pm

 

Tickets: $22-$35

Advance tickets available at cue6.ca/tickets

 

For Media Tickets: christine.groom@cue6.ca