Pi Theatre Presents Black & Rural

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Led by playwright and performer Shayna Jones’s own experiences of small-town living, Black & Rural digs deep into the lives and hearts of Black Canadian’s living in the countryside and intersperses the voices of real interviewees with music and generative mythology about Black life in agrarian communities.

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Pictured: Shayna Jones. Photo Credit: Louis Bockner

Pi Theatre Presents Black & Rural

  • When: March 31 to April 15, 2023
  • Where: Pacific Theatre (1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Pay-what-you-can preview March 30 at 8:00pm. For regular tickets $37.50 call (604) 731-5518 or buy online. Accessible $15 tickets available for every show.

A guest Production from Pi Theatre, presented in Pacific Theatre, Black & Rural is a world premier with original music composed and performed by Rufus Cappadocia and direction from Pi’s artistic director Richard Wolfe.

Black & Rural weaves Afro-centric folklore (including tales by Shayna Jones) with explorations of Black life in the countryside. Intermingled with Jones’s own story are recordings from her compatriots, spanning generations of Black Canadians building lives far from urbanity. Exploring everything from the isolation of being the only Black face in a White community to the power and autonomy derived from working with the land you live on, Black & Rural illuminates a community separated by thousands of miles, but with an undeniable bond of shared experience and hopes.

Follow Pi Theatre on Facebook and the Black & Rural Project for more information.

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