Monday, February 13, 2012

Obeah Opera February 16 to March 4 in Toronto

From a release:

Obeah Opera
bcurrent & Theatre Archipelago present
Obeah Opera
a World Premiere Production
Previews February 16-19
Opens February 22 - March 4, 2012*


TORONTO - Set in the late 17th century, Obeah Opera tells a story of life and work among women silenced by the most infamous 'witch-hunt' in history. Tituba and a handful of Caribbean women imported as slaves into the American colony of Salem are arrested and accused of practicing obeah! A healing art seen only as blasphemy and witchcraft through the eyes of the local Puritans.

We follow Tituba's journey in the days before her capture, her incarceration, and her stand on trial in this uplifting Caribbean themed opera. Sung in complete a capella form, and performed by a cast of fifteen, Obeah Opera explodes myths surrounding the Salem Witch Trials, unravels the branding of obeah with evil and witchery, ties it back to its true spiritual nature rooted in West Africa, and finally gives voice to a group of women whose story has been missing from history books.

*currently, Previews February 16-19 & February 22 & 23 are sold out

Obeah Opera
By: Nicole Brooks
Director: ahdri zhina mandiela
Musical Director: Tova Kardonne

Candy: Nicole Brooks
Sarah: Saphire Demitro
Elder: Macomere Fifi
Tituba: Joni NehRita
Mary: Saidah Baba Talibah

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture
918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5R 3G5


A limited number of tickets are available for purchase in person at the following ticket outlets:
Accents on Eglinton Bookstore | 1790 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto
A Different Booklist | 746 Bathurst St, Toronto
Knowledge Bookstore | 177 Queen St W, Brampton
T.O. Tix | Yonge & Dundas Square, Toronto

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