Every Day She Rose

by Andrea Scott and Nick Green
Directed by Andrea Donaldson and Sedina Fiati
A Nightwood Theatre Production
November 23-December 8, 2019
at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street)

The personal becomes political in this collaboratively created new work from playwrights Andrea Scott and Nick Green. When racial and queer politics collide with the Black Lives Matter protest at the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade, two best friends discover that the things that brought them together may now drive them apart. A hilarious and heartbreaking stare-down of privilege and oppression.

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”...a blazingly intelligent play…Every Day She Rose is a bracing, highly charged, funny, intelligent play and it’s important.” - The Slotkin Letter

”...equal parts tense, poignant and hilarious…thrillingly insightful.” - Istvan Duglin

Every Day She Rose is one of NOW Magazine’s best Toronto stage shows to see in November 2019!
“Nick Green and Andrea Scott are two of the most exciting voices in Canadian theatre.” - Glenn Sumi, Kathleen Smith

Showtimes:
Saturday November 23 - 8:00PM (Preview)
Sunday November 24 - 2:30PM (Preview)

Tuesday November 26 - 8:00PM (SOLD OUT - Opening Night)
Wednesday November 27 - 8:00PM - Emerging Artist Night
Thursday November 28 - 8:00PM
Friday November 29 - 8:00PM - Post-show discussion with playwrights Andrea Scott and Nick Green
Saturday November 30 - 2:30PM - Just Between Us (Queer) Folks Symposium
Saturday November 30 - 8:00PM
Sunday December 1 - 2:30PM - Post-show screening of Our Dance of Revolution by Philip Pike

Tuesday December 3 - 8:00PM
Wednesday December 4 - 8:00PM - Post-show talkback with the cast
Thursday December 5 - 8:00PM
Friday December 6 - 8:00PM
Saturday December 7 - 2:30PM - Relaxed performance *
Saturday December 7 - 8:00PM
Sunday December 8 - 2:30PM

Runtime: Approximately 70 minutes.

Accessibility:

*Click here for the Every Day She Rose Social Story.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is fully accessible to audience members. For more information, check out their accessibility page by clicking here

Buddies’ visual story is a document that will help patrons get acquainted with their building before a visit, and includes directions to the theatre and information on what you can expect when you get here. Please click here to access Buddies’ Visual Story.

Join us in our engagement space upstage of the theatre after every performance, featuring questions to spark discussions around the themes of social justice explored in the show.

Click the Events & Activities tab at the top of the page to learn more about the talkbacks, symposiums, and events offered for Every Day She Rose.

Photo of Andrea Scott and Nick Green by Tanja-Tiziana.

    Every Day She Rose

    Written by Andrea Scott and Nick Green
    Directed by Andrea Donaldson and Sedina Fiati
    Starring Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski and Monice Peter
    Set Design by Michelle Tracey
    Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
    Costume Design by Ming Wong
    Sound Design by Cosette Pin

    Every Day She Rose

    Wednesday, November 27 - Emerging Artist Night
    Grab one of the select PWYC Rush tickets for this performance and stay afterwards to mingle with your fellow emerging artists.


    Friday, November 29 - Post-show Discussion
    With playwrights Andrea Scott and Nick Green hosted by Co-Director Sedina Fiati


    Saturday, November 30 - Just Between Us (Queer) Folks Symposium
    Join Every Day She Rose Co-Director Sedina Fiati for two in-depth discussions happening between the matinee and evening performances. These talks are free and open to the general public, no ticket to the show is necessary.
    Click here to reserve your spot.

    4 PM - For Us, By Us, Imagining Black Queer Futures with Ravyn Wngz of Black Lives Matter and Sedina Fiati.

    5 PM - Moving Together: Allyship in Queer Communities with Every Day She Rose Co-Playwright Nick Green and Sedina Fiati.


    Sunday, December 1st, 5 pm - PWYC Screening of Phillip Pike’s Our Dance of Revolution
    No, the revolution wasn’t televised. But it was hugged, chanted, marched, and danced into existence. Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and over a four-decade span rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.

    Open to all! Join us at Buddies in Bad Times for a screening of this powerful documentary - entry is PWYC or bring your ticket stub from Every Day She Rose and attend this screening for free! Click here to learn more about this film.
    Click here to reserve your spot.


    Wednesday, December 4 - Post-show Talkback
    With cast members Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski and Monice Peter hosted by Co-Director Sedina Fiati


    Saturday, December 7 at 2:30PM - Relaxed Performance
    Babes in arms and access in and out of the theatre during the performance will be permitted for this matinee. The house lights stay slightly raised throughout performance and there will be no production sounds higher than 90 decibels.


    Accessibility:

    Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is fully accessible to audience members. For more information, check out their accessibility page by clicking here.

    Buddies’ visual story is a document that will help patrons get acquainted with their building before a visit, and includes directions to the theatre and information on what you can expect when you get here. Please click here to access Buddies’ Visual Story.


    Click here for the Every Day She Rose Social Story Social_Story_-_Every_Day_She_Rose_(1).pdf



    Nightwood Theatre’s Community Engagement Program is generously sponsored by TD Bank.

    Every Day She Rose

    In support of bringing the discussion sparked by Every Day She Rose beyond the stage, we are thrilled to be hosting a screening of Phillip Pike‘s award-winning documentary Our Dance of Revolution - an in-depth celebration and examination of Toronto’s Black queer history:

    “We are people of revolution. We’re here because others have rebelled. Because others have stood in solid resistance!” Listening to Angela, a Black lesbian feminist who is rousing a crowd, we understand that, no, this particular revolution wasn’t televised. Rather, from out of the shadows, it was hugged, chanted, marched, and danced into existence. Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.

    Capturing first-person accounts across a span of four decades, this feature-length documentary is more than a previously untold oral history, more than a reclamation of unsung people and events. Our Dance of Revolution is a human-scale reckoning of how audacious individuals find themselves by finding others, and how they muster the courage, tenacity, and creativity to prevail against the forces of marginalization.

    When: Sunday, December 1st at 5 pm (following our 2:30 matinee)
    Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street
    Tickets: Pay-what-you-can at the door or free for anyone with an Every Day She Rose ticket stub from any time during the run. Reserve your spot here.
    Questions: Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Click here to learn more about this important film.

    Every Day She Rose

    Join Every Day She Rose Co-Director Sedina Fiati for two in-depth discussions happening between the matinee and evening performances. These talks are FREE and open to the general public, no ticket to the show is necessary. Booking through Brown Paper Tickets is not necessary but appreciated.

    Saturday, November 30th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St, Toronto)

    4 PM - For Us, By Us, Imagining Black Queer Futures with Ravyn Wngz of Black Lives Matter and Sedina Fiati.

    5 PM - Moving Together: Allyship in Queer Communities with Every Day She Rose Co-Playwright Nick Green and Sedina Fiati.


    ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

    Ravyn Wngz is an African, Bermudian, Mohawk, 2Spirit, queer and transcendent individual. Ravyn aims to challenge mainstream arts and dance spaces by Sharing her stories while continuing to create opportunities and platforms for marginalized LGBTTIQQ2S people with a focus on African/black communities. Ravyn is a co-founder of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company- a queer multiracial dance company that aims to change the landscape of dance and provide accessible affirming dance education to the LGBTTIQQ2S community. Ravyn is the artistic director of OVA- Outrageous Victorious Africans Collective a Dance/Theatre collective that share the contemporary voices of African/Black and Queer/Self Identified storytellers. Ravyn is part of Black Live Matter Toronto Steering committee, A group who are committed to eradicating all forms of anti-Black racism, supporting Black healing and liberating Black communities.

    Sedina Fiati is a Toronto based artist, producer, facilitator and activist for stage and screen with over 15 years of experience in the live performance industry. Proudly Black and queer, Sedina is deeply invested in artistic work that explores the intersection between art and activism, either in form or structure or ideally both. Sedina is a frequent panelist, moderator and facilitator in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and producing. Recent panels and workshops: Stratford Symposium 2019, Reel World Film Festival 2019, Making Space for Conflict with the AFC, CTVs Your Morning, Woke 2.0 Social Justice Workshop series.

    Nick Green is a Dora and Sterling Award winning playwright based in Toronto. Favourite past and upcoming credits include Body Politic (lemonTree/Buddies in Bad Times; Dora Award); Dinner with the Duchess (NextStage Festival); Fangirl (book; Musical Stage Company, Launch Pad); Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre, January 2020); In Real Life (book & co-lyrics; Sheridan College, April 2020); Poof! The Musical (book & lyrics; Capitol Theatre, Sterling nomination); and The Fabulous Buddha Boi (Guys UnDisguised and Frigid Festival NYC; Sterling Award). Nick has been a part of the Stratford Festivals Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program; Factory Theatres Natural Resources unit; and Nightwood Theatres Write from the Hip.


    ABOUT EVERY DAY SHE ROSE
    by Andrea Scott and Nick Green
    Directed by Andrea Donaldson and Sedina Fiati
    A Nightwood Theatre Production
    November 23-December 8, 2019
    at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street)

    The personal becomes political in this collaboratively created new work from playwrights Andrea Scott and Nick Green. When racial and queer politics collide with the Black Lives Matter protest at the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade, two best friends discover that the things that brought them together may now drive them apart. A hilarious and heartbreaking stare-down of privilege and oppression.

    Every Day She Rose

    Articles Featured in the Post-Show Engagement Space

    Guide to Allyship: an ever-evolving and growing open source guide meant to provide you with the resources for becoming a more effective ally from guidetoallyship.com a project created by @amelielamont.

    How to fight activist burnout” - article by Syrus Marcus Ware in NOW Magazine, 2019

    “Here’s what Black Lives Matter looks like in Canada” - by Kinsey Clark on NPR.org, 2015

    “Trailblazing Pride party Blockorama turns 20” - by Chaka V. Grier in NOW Magazine, 2018

    “Exclusive: Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder responds to Pride action criticism” - by Janaya Khan in NOW Magazine, 2016

    “Yet another Pride scandal: The marginalization of ‘Blackness Yes!’” - by natalie samson on This.org, 2010

    “Black Lives Matter and misconceptions” - by Rinaldo Walcott in NOW Magazine, 2016

    “A lesson in inclusion for Mayor John Tory” - by Rinaldo Walcott in NOW Magazine, 2017

    “Was homosexuality really decriminalized in 1969?” - by Tom Hooper in NOW Magazine, 2019

    “Pride divided: Communities splintered, leadership under pressure as LGBTQ community looks to future” - by David Friend, The Canadian Press on ctvnews.ca, 2019


    Reading List Featured in the Post-Show Engagement Space

    Marvellous Grounds: Queer of Colour Histories of Toronto Edited by Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa, and Syrus Marcus Ware

    Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown

    The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

    When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by patrisse khan-cullors and asha bandele

     

     

     

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