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The Cultch Presents

How Black Mothers Say I Love You

By Trey Anthony

the frank theatre company (Vancouver)


NOV 02–12, 2023

Box Office Hours


Monday 12 -6pm
Tuesday through Saturday 12-4pm

Open 1 hour prior to every show

From the author of the blockbuster hit ‘Da Kink In My Hair comes a powerful and moving story of immigration, family, and sacrifice.

Hard-working Daphne left her two young daughters in Jamaica for six years to create a better life for them in America. Now thirty years later, proud and private, Daphne relies on church and her nearby dutiful daughter to face a health crisis. But when feisty queer activist Claudette arrives unexpectedly from far away to help out, her arrival stirs up the buried past, family ghosts, and the burning desire for unconditional love before it’s too late.

How Black Mothers Say I Love You is a raw, compelling look into family dynamics and strife. But it is also a story alive with humour, love, and tenderness as it explores the complicated perceptions of immigrant mothers.

A LAMBDA Literary Award Nominee for LGBTQ Drama

The Draw

“Sweet, touching and funny, ample in its raw emotion, How Black Mothers Say I Love You can’t help but work its way into your heart.”
Ottawa Tonite

Show Credits

Written by: Trey Anthony

Produced by: the frank theatre company (Vancouver)

Directed by: Fay Nass
Assistant Director:
Adonis King

Co-Producers: Anais West and Maria Zarrillo
Community Engagement Producer: Lili Robinson

How Black Mothers Say I Love You is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


“Anthony plumbs this generational trauma to create a story of poignant truth about racism, colonialism, and their effect on the family… Trey Anthony is a national treasure.”

—Dorianne Emmerton, Mooney on Theatre

“[Trey Anthony is] especially adept at switching from the serious to the comic in a few lines, and the audience reacts audibly to certain revelations as well as to the play’s moments of intensity and humour.”

—Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

Ticket Prices

A+: $49
A: $44
B: $39
C: $29

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Anniversary Pricing

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Thurs, Nov 2, 7:30pm

Fri, Nov 3, 7:30PM

SAT, Nov 4, 7:30PM

Sun, Nov 5, 2:00PM

Tues, Nov 7, 7:30PM

Wed, Nov 8, 7:30pm

Thurs, Nov 9, 7:30PM

Fri, Nov 10, 7:30PM

Sat, Nov 11, 7:30PM

Sun, Nov 12, 2:00PM

Evening Shows: 7:30 PM
November 2: Opening
November 3, 4, 8-11
November 7: Talkback

Matinees: 2:00 PM
November 5: Talkback
November 12

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Choose 5, Choose 3, and Flex Passes available

The Cultch offers American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances, Live Audio described performance in partnership with VocalEye and Relaxed Performances for a less restrictive environment. Those who do not require these accessibility features will not experience any disturbance to the performance.

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