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    INTERVIEW: OBSIDIAN THEATRE'S PHILIP AKIN

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with Obsidian Theatre Artistic Director about the Canadian Premiere of hang, the role of Obsidian within the country, and moving the black experience conversation forward in a cultural setting.

    WHO: Obsidian Theatre Artistic Director Philip Akin

    WHAT: 'hang' by debbie tucker green

    WHERE: The Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs

    WHEN: Through February 25th

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    hang - written by debbie tucker green -- directed by Philip Akin and Kimberley Rampersad. Obsidian is proud to announce the Canadian Premiere of British Playwright debbie tucker green’s remarkable work hang. Directed by Philip Akin and multi-Dora-nominated choreographer Kimberley Rampersad, hang is a powerfully compelling play that brings us into the heart of a woman’s unthinkable decision.



    Philip Akin has been acting and directing for over 40 years. In 2000, he was a founding member of Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading black theatre company, and has served as its Artistic Director since 2006. In this role, he has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and guidance for emerging artists. In 2002, he was part of the team that launched the Obsidian Mentor/Apprentice Program, a one-of-a-kind program that has so far helped 61 black artists embark on exciting careers as directors, dramaturges, producers, production managers, lighting, set and costume designers with some of the most established performing arts companies nationwide. His directing credits include Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning Ruined (Obsidian & Nightwood), Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival), Whipping Man and Driving Miss Daisy (Harold Green Jewish Theatre),Topdog Underdog, The Mountaintop and “Master Harold”…and the Boys (Shaw Festival), Toronto the Good & El Paso (Factory Theatre),  Intimate Apparel (Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Obsidian Theatre), and Black Medea, Born Ready and Pusha Man (Obsidian Theatre). He is currently the Vice-President of the Board for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and has served on juries for Theatre Ontario, OAC, Canada Council for the Arts.




    Senior ArtsEditor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

    To get in touch with Mark it’s mwigmore@jazz.fm

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