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Born Ready & Smokescreen at Theatre Passe Muraille
One of my favourite theatres in Toronto, Theatre Passe Muraille, is about begin a run of the productions Born Ready by Joseph Jomo Pierre and Smokescreen by David S. Craig. These plays explore the worlds of youth at risk and are inspired by real situations happening in Toronto right now. “The exploration is timely,” says Andy McKim, Artistic Director at Theatre Passe Muraille. “While violent crime overall is in decline, violent crime among young people, fuelled by drugs and guns, is on the rise.”
Born Ready has a contentious female character, Sue, described as “a gun personified as a woman, who drives the piece forward.” I’m curious to see how her world is portrayed. I’m excited to see how she will make her decisions and what sort of agency the character has. It’s so fantastic to see these challenging plays mounted again. I suspect their February showings have to do with Black History Month. I must add that thought-provoking theatre at Passe Muraille is nothing new.
If you want to see these plays during the first week of their run (Feb 14-Feb 21), you can get a special 2 for 1 ticket deal. Just call the theatre’s box office at 416 5034 7529 and say that Andy sent you.