“This play brings up issues of class, race, family, faithfulness, and forgiveness. It makes you question where you draw the line on betrayal. How forgiving can you be?”- Broadway World

Byhalia, Mississippi premiered simultaneously across North America as a part of a unique “World Premiere Conversation” culminating with an online talkback connecting artists and audiences from all seven cities.

January 8, 2016: Toronto, Chicago, Memphis, and Charleston SC.

4 Cities. 4 World Premiere Productions. 1 New Play.

Staged Readings in Los Angeles, Boulder, and Birmingham.

Ran in Toronto January 6-22nd  2016

The Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor St. West)

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.

Written by: Evan Linder

Directed by: Jill Harper

Starring: Claire Armstrong, Joshua Browne, Mazin Elsadig, Virgilia Griffith, and Kyra Harper

Stage Management: Tamara Protic

Set Design: Christine Groom

Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter

Sound Design: Jeremy Hutton

Costume Design: Holly Lloyd


Nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance Female- Claire Armstrong


“wise, truthful, funny and moving…I fell for it quite hard. I think you would, too. It’s lovely.” – Chicago Tribune

“This drama is essential viewing no matter what city you’re in” – Digital Journal

“Byhalia, Mississippi is a resonating and intense work of art that had me gasping on the edge of my chair…Do yourself a favour and make this your first play of 2016.” – Mooney on Theatre