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shaniqua in abstraction

  • A Crow's Theatre Production in Association with paul watson productions and Obsidian Theatre Company
  • bahia watson
  • Sabryn Rock
  • Apr 9 - Apr 28, 2024
  • Tickets start at $50, Black Out Performance $20
  • Studio Theatre
  • Details

    Following up on her 2022 summer hit MASHUP PON DI ROAD, bahia watson thoughtfully blends razor-sharp humour with a piercing cultural critique in her intrepidly daring one-woman show shaniqua in abstraction.

    After starring in Crow’s Theatre’s Someone Else and The Seagull (co-produced with The Company Theatre) and, most recently, thrilling audiences with her unforgettable turn as Sonya in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, bahia returns in her Crow’s Theatre playwriting debut. 

    In this searching new work, bahia brings her poet’s heart, vaulting imagination, and disarming humour to shape a kaleidoscopic explosion of experiences and shifting identities that defiantly push back the boundaries defining Black womanhood.

    paul watson productions is a free-spirited, fun-loving, world-building force dedicated to creating art for the people. From the Caribbean vaudevillian fringe hit pomme is french for apple to the island-kissed, travelling-circus comedy MASHUP PON DI ROAD, paul watson productions supports artists who challenge oppressive entities while also valuing the utmost importance of play. 

    Obsidian Theatre Company is an award-winning theatre company passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice. As Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company, it has a threefold mission to produce plays, develop playwrights, and train emerging theatre professionals.


    Post-Show Talkback (in the Theatre):

    • Tuesday, April 16

    Mask Required Performance:

    • Sunday, April 14 @ 2:00pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)

    Pre-Show Chat (in the Lobby):

    • Sunday, April 21 (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)

    Black Out Performance:

    Black Out Performances are evenings dedicated to celebrating Black stories, Black artists, and Black audience members by providing a safe space for them to experience theatre that is for and by the Black community.

    Black Out performances, a night to centre and celebrate the Black experience, begin to help us address the racial imbalance on and off the stage in the theatre community.

    In addition to the presentation of shaniqua in abstraction, the night will include a post-show gathering in the lobby bar for a lively and uplifting conversation about how the Black aesthetic moves Canadian theatre forward. All tickets $20 plus fees and hst. 

    “Bahia Watson is outstanding.” Torontonicity
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     Crow’s Theatre Production Residency Program

    The Meighen Family Foundation

  • Dates & Times
  • The Team


    • bahia watson - performer


    • bahia watson - playwright
    • Sabryn Rock - Director