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'da Kink in my hair

'da Kink in my hair
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Trey Anthony
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0887547567
ISBN-13: 9780887547560
Cast Size: 9 women

About the Play:

'da Kink in my hair is a full-length comedy by Trey Anthony. "My great granny always said, 'If you want to know a black woman, you touch her hair.' She said that is where we carry everything — all our hopes, our dreams, our pain," says Novelette, as she delves into the tresses and stresses of her clients to reveal their hidden stories.

'da Kink in my Hair is set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto and gives voice to eight black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, many of whom are immigrants to North America from the Caribbean. Mixing laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration, the unapologetically intense stories of each woman are woven together in this powerful piece.

'da Kink in my hair debuted at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2001. The "buzz" that this was the show to see caught on quickly and the show sold-out every night, with people lining up for hours ahead of the show to get tickets. 'da Kink in my hair was invited to the New York Fringe Festival and became a commercial success at Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille, running for nearly six months. It received tremendous critical acclaim, and was named one of the top ten plays in Canadian theatrical history and the winner of four NAACP awards. Everywhere it played it broke box office records, including its extended run from six weeks to four months by Mirvish Productions at the Princess of Wales Theatre, where it was also the first Canadian play to be staged at that theatre.

Cast: 9 women

What people say:

"Like a black Vagina Monologues, but with more laughs, da Kink is a strong piece of theatre." — The Guardian (London)

"...these linked monologues of female black suffering and resilience have a charm that’s more inclusive than their subject matter would suggest. ...the kink of the title is a metaphor for the individuality of each woman whose locks pass under the hands of the strong, emotionally available stylist Novelette. Writer Trey Anthony keeps up a consistent pattern of narrative throughout, moving from painful confession to hopeful self-assertion." — Evening Standard (London)

"The best thing about 'da Kink is that is gives these women and these stories a rare outing in public life, and rarer still on our stages. Ms. Anthony knows how to structure each monologue economically and how to give each woman a language and a character of her own…that’s the essence of the play." — The Globe and Mail

"…'da Kink made waves in its native Canada earlier this year, holding over five times at a Toronto theatre [Mirvish Productions]; it's stormed the fringe circuit and ... it's a thoroughly stage-worthy cavalcade of imagery and social import, riveting our pause onto matters of life and death and back again. Very, very good." — San Diego City Beat

About the Playwright:

Trey Anthony is a Canadian comedian and playwright. A former television producer for The Women's Television Network and a writer for the Comedy Network and CTV, she is also is the first African-Canadian woman to write and produce a television show (da Kink in my Hair, based on the hit play of the same name) on a major prime time Canadian network.

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