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Toronto: “Appropriate” by Branden Jenkins-Jacobs opens Coal Mine Theatre's 9th season

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Our new season launches September 24th with Appropriate, a searing dark comedy about families and the deep, dark secrets that hide inside the inner workings of those relationships.

Groundbreaking playwright Branden Jenkins-Jacobs won the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play for Appropriate and An Octoroon. Appropriate premiered Off Broadway in March of that year, produced by the Signature Theatre. Coal Mine Theatre’s production of Appropriate is a Canadian premiere.

Appropriate is a story about the Lafayette family and three estranged siblings who return home to the family plantation in Arkansas upon the death of their father. We caught up with a few of the stars of the show in Toronto at a recent photoshoot. Here are some thoughts they shared about their characters and the Jacob-Jenkins play!

Gray Powell on Bo Lafayette

“There are some big questions that excite me about exploring Appropriate,” Gray says. “Who are we in relation to our family and what is our legacy? How do we respond when we are forced to come to terms with our assumed/presumed historical identity as a family? How do we deal with secrets? How do we deal with siblings?”

Raquel Duffy on Toni Lafayette

“Antonia is the eldest sister in the Lafayette family and has taken on a somewhat matriarchal role in this fractured family,” Raquel shares. “I’ve started some pre-rehearsal work on Toni. She desperately attempts to fix the wrongs of the family. Her actions are at times horrific. It will be an adventure to go down the deep dark well where Toni lives.”

Hannah Levinson on Cassidy Lafayette

“I am incredibly excited to be back at Coal Mine Theatre playing the role of Cassidy, daughter of Bo Lafayette,” Hannah says. We are thrilled to have the incredible Hannah back on our stage—she was last seen in our critically acclaimed show The Nether, a co-production with Studio 180 Theatre.

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