The Shipment at Firehall Arts Centre
When: September 25 to October 5, 2019
Where: Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova, Vancouver)
Tickets: From $20 online or call (604) 689-0926
Written by Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee, The Shipment is a subversive modern minstrel show about Black identity meant to wake the world to the ridiculous narratives in dominant media.
Five Black actors – Andrew Creightney, Chris Francisque, Omari Newton, Adrian Neblett, and Kiomi Pyke – play a roster of characters that reads like a bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Standup Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few. The brazen mash-up of these stereotypes with clichés, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand all force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.
Garnering five Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nominations and a Best Actor win for Omari Newton, The Shipment is biting satire at its very best.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night on September 25th. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Follow the Firehall Arts Centre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram along with SpeakEasy Theatre on Twitter and Facebook for more info.
UPDATE The winner is Nele!