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49 plays

by women of colour

that you can program tomorrow

 
 

the list

1. How black mothers say i love you

by trey anthony 

2. complex

by rebecca applebaum

3. every letter counts

by nina lee aquino

4. the Refugee Hotel 

by carmen aguirre

5.The Making of St Jerome

by marie beath badian

6. Sistahs

by maxine bailey and sharon lewis

7. Miss Julie: Sheh'mah 

by tara beagan

8. the flood

by leah-simone bowen

9. thirsty

by dionne brand

10. Hana Hashimoto: sixth violin

by jessica carmichael

11. nanking winter

by marjorie chan

12. the unnatural and accidental women

by marie clements

13. up the garden path

by lisa codrington

14. fancy dancer

by dawn dumont

15. calpurnia

by audrey dwyer

16. Wise Woman of Abyssinia 

by rebecca fisseha

17.heaven

by cheryl foggo

18. angelique

by lorena gale

19. the triple truth

by the turtle gals performance ensemble

20. kilt pins

by catherine hernandez

21. all our yesterdays

by chloe hung

22. binti's journey

adapted by marcia johnson
from the novel the heaven shop by deborah ellis

23. two indians

by falen johnson

24. leo

by rosa laborde

25. i call myself princess

by jani lauzon

26. Albumen

by mishka lavigne

27. SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT

by anita majumdar

28. the enchanted loom

by suvendrini lena

29. nightmare dream

by motion | conceived by mumbi tindyebwa

30. a very polite genocide or the girl who fell to earth

by melanie j. murray

31. job's wife

by yvette nolan

32. three fingered jack & the legend of joaquin murieta

by marilo nunez

33. the red priest

by mieko ouchi

34. sister mary's a dyke?!

by flerida peña

35. madre

by bea pizano

36. réunir

by pj prudat

37. mother tongue 

by betty quan

38. never the last

by christine quintana

39. brothel #9

by anusree roy

40. the adventures of a black girl in search of god

by djanet sears

41. happy place

by pamela sinha

42. mud

by makambe k simamba

43. conjugal

by donna-michelle st. bernard

44. venus' daughter

by meaghan swaby

45. androgyne

by d'bi young

46. a song for tomorrow

by christina wong

47. mixie and the halfbreeds

by adrienne wong and julie tamiko manning

48. hongbu and nolbu: the tale of the magic pumpkins

by jean yoon

49. who knew grannie: a dub aria

by ahdri zhina mandiela

 
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Creating this list was empowering and illuminating, a panorama of contemporary creation and an excavation of our elders’ legacy.  In some cases we have chosen a well-known playwright’s lesser-known or infrequently-staged work; in some cases we named plays that arrived too early to be fully appreciated in their time.  The lengthy process speaks to the richness of our varied voices, and the gaps in the list identify under-represented communities or practises.  The play numbered “1” is not the first, nor is the play numbered “49” the last.  

 

The 49 is offered with respect and admiration to all those named and all those implied as we continue to build the collective story of this place. 

-Donna-Michelle St. Bernard & Yvette Nolan

 
 

the COMMITTEE OF THE 49 

 

YVETTE NOLAN (SK)

DONNA-MICHELLE ST. BERNARD (ON)

JENNA RODGERS (AB)

MEL HAGUE (ON)

 

The 49 WAS AN INITIATIVE OF
FU-gen theatre company's
walk the walk: national festival of asian canadian women

www.fu-gen.org