photo of Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, Stephen Jackman Torkoff + Thomas Olajide by Tanja-Tiziana, design by Lucinda Wallace
Image courtesy of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Black Boys, Directed by Jonathan Seinen '20, Opens to Glowing Reviews

February 5, 2018

Directing student Jonathan Seinen '20 directs Black Boys, a new play that premiered last season at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, a leading destination for alternative theatre in Toronto, and was just nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Ensemble. The play was developed as part of the Buddies Residency Program, which is solely devoted to the creation of original queer performance works.

 

“A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness. Black Boys is created from the lives of three people seeking a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world. As they explore their unique identities on stage, they subvert the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed. Theatrical and intimate, Black Boys weaves together the ensemble’s own personal stories in search of an integrated self and a radical imagination,” according to the theatre website.

 

Black Boys was created based on the real-life experience of its three performers—Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, and Thomas Olajide—as gay black men in Toronto. "This show has a unique point of view, the guts to make it heard and a message that needs to be heard right now," The Star reported

 

"I think this is probably the most important theatre production that I’ve seen all year. It had me on the edge of my seat, I was completely speechless after it was done but haven’t stopped talking about it since,"  said Amanda Parris of CBC Radio Q.

 

Black Boys is currently touring Canada and it will return to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre on February 28th.