MONTREAL, December 12th 2018 – Tableau D’Hôte Theatre is thrilled to announce that it has partnered with Black History Month for its upcoming production of Blackout: The Concordia Computer Riots.
As the 50th anniversary of Sir George Williams (now known as Concordia) Computer Riots draws near, the play retells the series of events that led to a student uprising against the backdrop of heightened racial tensions. Tableau D’Hôte Theatre has chosen to present the production on the same dates and in the same building where the events took place fifty years ago.
In 1969, students occupied the computer centre on the 9th floor of the Henry F. Hall Building of Concordia University to protest the university’s mismanagement of a racism complaint lodged by West-Indian students against their professor. An agreement to put an end to the protest fell through after two weeks of occupation, leading the University to call in the riot police to disperse the students. The day took a heavy toll: nearly one hundred student arrests, and over two-million dollars’ worth of damages. This student uprising is largely considered one of the most important in Canada history. And though the professor was eventually cleared of charges, the circumstances leading up to the protests forced the University to re-evaluate how they handle complaints against professors.
“Blackout examines how intercultural relations have changed in Québec over the course of the last fifty years. It is staged in a context where mainstream society continues to attempt to tell leaders of anti-racists movements what the “right” way is to voice discontent. That is as true today as it was in 1969,” explains Mathieu Murphy-Perron, Artistic Producer of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre and director of the project. “The backlash against the demands of Black communities responding to SLĀV, or even the Colin Kapernick controversy, speak to this tendency to want to impose a proper way of protest for Black, and Indigenous People of Colour.”
Created and devised by some of English Montréal’s most prolific artists, the production is composed of a cast of 12 actors of colour: Lucinda Davis (Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God), Michelle Rambharose and Shauna Thompson (Romeo & Juliet: Love is love), Dakota Jamal Wellman (Instant), Gita Miller (Successions), Briauna James (Pinky Swear), Sophie-Thérèse Stone-Richards (City boy), spoken-word artist Kym Dominique-Ferguson, Maryline Chery (AFRODISIAQUE), Justin Johnson (Hair), as well as soon-to-be and recent Concordia graduates Marie Hall, and Jahlani Knorren. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter-Toronto and internally renowned artist and activist Rodney Diverlus joins the production as choreographer in a design team that includes Sophie El-Assaad (set), Rob Denton and Elena Stoodley (sound), Audrey-Anne Bouchard (lighting), Noémi Poulin (costumes), Jaclyn Turner (projections), and Pamela Warden (makeup). The writing unit is composed of Tamara Brown, Lydie Dubuisson, Kym Dominique-Ferguson, and Mathieu Murphy-Perron.
Playing at the D.B. Clarke Theatre of Concordia University between January 30th and February 10th, 2019. Tickets are now on sale at https://tableaudhote.ca/blackout/.
Blackout was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
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Tableau D’Hôte Theatre presents
Blackout: the Concordia Computer Riots
January 29th – February 10th, 2019
Concordia University’s D.B. Clarke Theatre
(Henry F.Hall Bldg, 1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve W)
Lucinda Davis, Kym Dominique Ferguson, Briauna James, Gita Miller, Michelle Rambharose, Sophie-Thérèse Stone-Richards, Shauna Thompson, Dakota Jamal Wellmen with Maryline Chery, Marie Hall, Justin Johnson and Jahlani Knorren
Directed by Mathieu Murphy-Perron
Assistant directors: Tamara Brown, Shanti Gonzales
Choreography: Rodney Diverlus
Stage Manager: Kate Hagemeyer
Lighting Design: Audrey-Anne Bouchard
Sound Design: Rob Denton, Elena Stoodley
Set Design: Sophie El Assaad
Costume Design: Noémi Poulin
Projection Design: Jaclyn Turner
Makeup Design: Pamela Warden