After five years, the popular play ‘da Kink in my Hair has returned for a limited engagement in Toronto.
This version of the play features a new cast and monologue from a Caucasian woman’s point of view. Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, ‘da Kink in my Hair presents the viewpoints of eight women who tell their stories against a backdrop of drumming, singing and dance.
The poignant theatrical production mixes laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration to chronicle the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary Black women, many of whom have immigrated to North America from the Caribbean.
‘da Kink in my Hair, which has been performed throughout the U.S. and the U.K., and aired as a sitcom on Global Television, is being brought back to its roots, says the play’s creator, trey anthony (who spells her name all lowercase).
“When I first wrote ‘da Kink in my Hair I had no idea that the play would become the phenomenal success that it is now,” said anthony.
“I find it funny that as momentum grew and with it the access to bigger budgets which meant more ‘bells and whistles’ added to the production, ‘da Kink began to lose its sense of intimacy and the personal stories of the women were being overshadowed.
“I knew this had to change and this new version of the production is going back to the truth and the roots of ‘da Kink with a focus on the monologues and the women’s stories. My desire is to return to the heart of where it all started. I want to tell real stories about real people that will resonate with real audiences.”
‘da Kink in my Hair stars Thais Francis as Stacey-Anne, Teryl Brouillettee as Sharmaine, Jennifer Neales as Suzy, Victoria Myrthil as Nia, Naja S. Selby as Patsy, Janelle Renee Pearson as Miss Enid, Oyin Oladeyo as Sherelle, Tika Simone as Millie and Alana Barett-Adkins as Novelette, with Maegan Sacco as Stage Manager.
The production team includes a new musical score composed by Michael McElroy and Grammy-winning composer Carol Maillard. Choreography is by Roger Jeffrey, costume design by Nadine Grant and set and lighting is designed by Danielle Guevara. Tony-nominated performer Michele Shay has signed on to direct the new version of the play.
anthony is looking to revolutionize the theatre going experience. “I want to change the face of theatre,” she said. “The cast, director and myself will continue to interact with our audiences regularly; we encourage audience participation for all levels.”
In addition to the play, audience members are invited to arrive early to performances to view the LOOK.AT.ME art show. The exhibit will be on full display for the duration of the play and will delve into the trials and tribulations of Black women.
‘da Kink in my Hair, presented by Trey Anthony Studios and TD Bank Group, is currently being performed at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre, 235 Queen’s Quay West until Sunday, August 21. Prices range from $37 to $77 with discounted tickets for seniors and students.
Tickets are available online at www.treyanthonystudios.com or by calling 416-973-4000. Audience members are invited to learn the latest news from the production on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dakinkinmyhair.