“Check your privilege at the door. Mx will challenge and make you feel uncomfortable...At its most powerful, Mx also calls upon members of the audience to be more than purely witnesses.”
Beneath layers of identity, can blood equal belonging?
What of our culture lives within us, and how much is determined by our upbringing? If a part of your identity has never been nurtured, do attempts to rekindle it amount to appropriation?
Seeking answers to these questions, our gender-questioning and mixed-race protagonist, Max, meets the famed Mz Nancy, our host for the night. Witty and glamorous, Nancy seems to have an answer for everything… but, as Max discovers, things are never black and white.
This boundary-pushing, bouffon-inspired work explores what it means to be mixed-race and Black in the world today. Using bold risks, sharp comedy, and African mythology, Mx cracks open struggles of identity and belonging through the lens of a character stuck in the in-between.
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FEB 18: 7:30PM Opening
FEB 19: 7:30PM
FEB 20: 4PM & 7:30PM
FEB 21: 12PM
FEB 27*: 5PM Pre-recorded ASL (American Sign Language) and Captioned performance
*all showtimes in PST
Join us after each performance for a virtual gathering with the Mx cast & company!
Feb 19 & 20 (7:30PM): Join the Mx team for a post-show talk-back on Zoom following these performance—hosted by Community Partner BlackChat Vancouver.
Feb 18, 20 (4PM), 21 & 27: After these performances, stay and hangout with the Mx team and other audience members in our digital re-creation of The Cultch on Gather.Town (created by The Cultch’s Digital Storytelling Team). Unlike a Zoom hangout, Gather.Town lets you choose who you want to talk with at any moment, join spontaneous smaller group conversations as you approach new people, and freely explore at your own pace.
A link to join the post-show gathering for each performance will be accessible on the show watch page emailed to all ticket holders.
Co-Directors: Donna-Michelle St. Bernard & Jiv Parasram
Playwright: Lili Robinson
Dramaturg: Joanna Garfinkel
Max: Lili Robinson
Mz. Nancy: Alisha Davidson
Samantha: Emily Jane King
The Map: Ivy Charles
Costume, Hair & Makeup Designer: CS Fergusson-Vaux
Lighting Designer: Fil Wiatrak
Set & Props Designer: Ariel Slack
Sound Designer: Todd Simmons
Choreographer: Marisa Gold
ASL Interpreters: Courage Bacchus & Hodan Youssouf
ASL Coach: Jenelle Rouse
Stage Manager: Heather Barr
Videographer: Cameron Anderson
Producer: Shanae Sodhi
Co-Producer: Lili Robinson
Running time is approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.
This play references the violent impact of colonization on historical and contemporary Black people in direct language which some may consider graphic.
This performance uses strobe.
Mx was developed with the assistance of PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre) as part of the Fringe New Play Prize.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Mx would like to thank Agentic Communications for their generous sponsorship of Mx’s director Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. Agentic Communications is a firm believer in culturally sensitive work being created with the direct agency, consultation, and leadership of the communities the work involves. We are deeply grateful to Agentic for making Donna-Michelle’s involvement possible.
Mx received workshop support from Alley Theatre as a selected script in their Site-Specific Reading Series.
BlackChat is a series of social salons that originated in the summer of 2016. Curated by intergenerational co-conspirators !Kona and Morgan, BlackChat has dedicated its work to healing Black communities in the Lower Mainland through family reunion styled gatherings. Operating out of pocket, and out of home, BlackChat is entirely self-funded.
Other streams of BlackChat programming include BlackAttack field trips to arts and culture events, and BlackChat the Podcast which goes live in the Spring of 2020, and will be available on all major podcast streaming services! For updates and ways to contribute, visit patreon.com/blackchat
Join us on Wednesday, FEB 27* at 5PM PST for a pre-recorded ASL (American Sign Language) and captioned performance of Mx.
*this performance was previously scheduled for Feb 24, if your ticket says Feb 24 it will still be valid for the ASL/captions performance.