Kim Katrin Milan Workshop on Race & Allyship
In conjunction with the world premiere of Audrey Dwyer's Calpurnia, Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre are proud to present a free workshop on race and allyship, facilitated by renowned activist Kim Katrin Milan.
A hilarious and provocative look at class, race, and appropriation, Calpurnia invites us into an outrageous and unexpected evening at the home of a wealthy Jamaican-Canadian family. As Justice Lawrence Gordon (Andrew Moodie) prepares for an important dinner to introduce his son Mark (Matthew G. Brown) to a Senior Partner at a prominent law firm (Don Allison), his daughter Julie (Meghan Swaby) grapples with her new screenplay. Seeking to redress To Kill a Mockingbird through the perspective of Calpurnia - the Finch family maid - Julie, privileged and disconnected from domestic work, turns to her long-term Filipina caregiver Precy (Carolyn Fe) for research on servitude. But as Julie examines mammy culture from the inside out, her tactics are met with explosive results.
A rich and layered piece of theatre, Calpurnia seeks to challenge the lasting impact of a problematic, so-called classic novel still taught in schools and playing on our stages today. The themes of race and allyship reflected in the response to Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird are further explored in Julie's relationship to her best friend Christine (Natasha Greenblatt), a white woman who also happens to be dating Julie's brother Mark.
Kim Katrin Milan's workshop will dive head first into the play's themes of the clumsiness of allyship and growing into one's politics. We will be looking at various forms of oppression and how forms of oppression can intersect with one another. We will be exploring ways in which, at these intersections, we can quash toxic dynamics of power in our journey as allies.
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Toronto, ON M4Y 1B4
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