February 28 - March 11
“I think this is probably the most important theatre production that I’ve seen all year. It had me on the edge of my seat, I was completely speechless after it was done but haven’t stopped talking about it since.”
— CBC Radio Q
A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness. Black Boys is created from the lives of three people seeking a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world. As they explore their unique identities on stage, they subvert the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed. Theatrical and intimate, Black Boys weaves together the ensemble’s own personal stories in search of an integrated self and a radical imagination.
Black Boys was developed in Buddies Residency Program, sponsored by BMO Financial Group. buddiesinbadtimes.com/residency
photo of Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, Stephen Jackman Torkoff + Thomas Olajide by Tanja-Tiziana _ design by Lucinda Wallace
a Buddies in Bad Times Theatre production
created by SAGA COLLECTIF
starring STEPHEN JACKMAN-TORKOFF, TAWIAH BEN M’CARTHY + THOMAS OLAJIDE
directed by JONATHAN SEINEN
choreography VIRGILIA GRIFFITH
dramaturge MEL HAGUE
set + costume design RACHEL FORBES
sound + video design STEPHEN SURLIN
lighting design JARETH LI
“This show has a unique point of view, the guts to make it heard and a message that needs to be heard right now.”
-Toronto Star (read article)
“This performance packs a punch, you might be thinking about this show for weeks, if not years.”
-CBC Calgary (read article)
“As provocative as it is entertaining… a metatheatrical experience that’ll reinvigorate your love for live theatre.”
-The Reading Salon (read article)
“This is an exceptional, powerful, and quite delightful piece of work. I feel lucky and grateful to have been able to see it, and I predict you will be too.”
-Mooney on Theatre (read article)
“There are transcendent moments where the ideas explode and lodge in the audience’s soul.”
-My Gay Toronto
Show Photos by Jeremy Mimnagh
Rehearsal Photos by Dahlia Katz
FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 11, 2018
Run Time: 1h 35m
Wednesday, February 28 // 8pm (preview)
Thursday, March 1 // 8pm (opening night)
Friday, March 2 // 8pm
Saturday, March 3 // 8pm
Sunday, March 4 // 2:30pm (audio described performance)
Tuesday, March 6 // 8pm *THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED*
Wednesday, March 7 // 8pm (relaxed performance) *THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED*
Thursday, March 8 // 8pm
Friday, March 9 // 8pm
Saturday, March 10 // 8pm
Sunday, March 11 // 2:30pm
*The performances on Tuesday, March 6 and Wedenesday, March 7 have been cancelled due to a performer injury. If you have tickets booked for these days, please contact the box office at 416-975-8555
Sunday, March 4 at 2:30 PM
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre will present an Audio-Described Performance of Black Boys on Sunday, March 4.
Headsets will be made available for blind and low-vision patrons who wish to hear the physical action of the play described live by Rebecca Singh of Live Describe. As the number of headsets is limited, we suggest booking your ticket in advance.
You can purchase $20 tickets with the code AD20 by calling our box office at 416-975-8555 or by clicking here to visit our online ticketing system. We will automatically reserve 1 headset per order placed with this code – if you require additional headsets please let us know when you purchase your tickets. There will also be Pay-What-You-Can tickets available at the door.
Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 PM
*DUE TO A PERFORMER INJURY THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.
- Click here to download the visual story for our theatre.
- Click here to download the visual story for the performance.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre has designated the March 7 performance of Black Boys as a Relaxed Performance (RP).
Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, such as folks on the Autism Spectrum or who live with Tourettes, delayed learning, or diverse abilities.
For this performance, we have toned down the sound and light effects. Movement and noise from the audience is welcomed including exiting and entering the space. To help with exiting and entering the space low lighting will be left on in the seating area. There is also a “calm space” available outside the theatre. We provide will provide a Visual Story PDF about attending Buddies in Bad Times Theatre- a detailed step-by-step guide to our theatre experience and location -that describes in words and photos what to expect when you come to our theatre.
You can purchase $20 tickets with the code RP20 by calling our box office at 416-975-8555 or by clicking here to visit our online ticketing system. There will also be Pay-What-You-Can tickets available at the door.
Buddies in Bad Times is pleased to partner with TodayTix to offer a strictly limited number of $15 Rush tickets for every performance (except Opening Night). These tickets are available on the TodayTix app for iOS and Android from 9 AM on the day of the performance and are unlocked by sharing on Facebook or Twitter.
For full details, see the TodayTix website.
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE
Whether you want to see just one show or keep coming back for more, Buddies has affordable ticket options that are right for you. Many shows have Rush Tickets during the week and Pay-What-You-Can shows every Sunday, and you can save even more when you sign up for Buddies Rewards.
Su $35 / PWYC