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Toronto: Necessary Angel announces its 2021/22 season

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Alan Dilworth, Artistic Director, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, has announced plans for the company's 2021/22 season.

While the nature of a theatre season is very different these days, our work at Necessary Angel continues to grow in bold and beautiful ways.

This season Necessary Angel has three boundary-breaking theatre offerings for you. We cannot wait to share them.

Is God Is

by Aleshea Harris

Canadian premiere

Live Theatre

In May, Necessary Angel Theatre Company partners with Obsidian Theatre Company and Canadian Stage for the Canadian premiere of the genre-smashing award-winner IS GOD IS written by Aleshea Harris, to be directed by Obsidian’s Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. An explosive new contribution to the American canon that premiered in 2018 to critical acclaim and multiple award-wins, IS GOD IS is a Tarantino-esque contemporary tragedy fusing the Spaghetti Western and Afropunk in a story of two sisters on a journey of righteous revenge.

“Aleshea Harris is a force of nature and one of the most exciting contemporary Black female playwrights right now,” comments Obsidian Theatre Company Artistic Director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. “IS GOD IS challenges the narrative of who a Black heroine is and what they are allowed to do on stage. I find it really freeing in both its form and narrative. It is a bold theatrical adventure and an exciting way to dive back into live theatre.”

Heads will turn and genres will be smashed in the Canadian premiere of this award-winning modern myth.

IS GOD IS (Canadian Premiere)

A Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Obsidian Theatre Company, and Canadian Stage co-production

May 3 – 22, 2022 at the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre

Friends of Necessary Angel presale begins November 23rd.

Details to come!

The Great Fire

by Roland Schimmelpfennig

Translated by David Tushingham

English World Premiere

In person immersive vinyl audio pop-ups, and at home audio streaming

We are also thrilled to announce the English language world premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Great Fire translated by David Tushingham, in a radically re-conceived audio production featuring in-person, bubble friendly, immersive vinyl audio experiences in pop up locations, as well as, audio streaming for audiences at home.

“Schimmelpfennig evokes a world both familiar and otherworldly. Within a folk setting of competing rural villages, The Great Fire takes us to a valley full of connection, abundance and love, and dramatizes the mechanics of division, greed and hate. The Great Fire asks: Where are we now? And how did we get here? The Great Fire is a thinking person’s tour de force for our time.“ – Necessary Angel Artistic Director, Alan Dilworth

This production, conceived and directed by Necessary Angel artistic director Alan Dilworth, is performed by Dora Award-winner Maev Beaty, with original sound design and mix by Dora Award-winner Debashis Sinha.

Immersive vinyl audio pop-up dates, times and locations, as well as streaming information coming soon!

CRASH by Pamela Mala Sinha

The Film

Pamela Mala Sinha’s multi award-winning solo play CRASH, directed by Necessary Angel artistic director Alan Dilworth, has toured North America to great acclaim. Necessary Angel will be filming the work in May at Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre, with broadcast release dates to be announced soon.

After the loss of a loved one, a woman must face the shattering memories of a past trauma in an attempt to bring back someone she loves. CRASH is the fractured unraveling of memory; a tour de force narrative about family, faith and love.

“Crash is an insightful play given a magical production no theatre-lover should miss."

– Stage Door

More information coming soon!