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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
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
“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.”
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
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
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