Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre-Media Centre

“You didn’t create racism. So why do you have to solve it?” – Mark

Julie, a Jamaican-Canadian screenwriter, is battling writer’s block and innumerable distractions as her family prepares for an important dinner. More accurately, Precy, their beloved housekeeper is preparing; they’re mostly getting in the way and arguing about Julie’s movie. Passionate and daring, Julie is taking aim at To Kill A Mockingbird for its treatment of Calpurnia, the Finch family maid. The project has its detractors – including her brother Mark who loves the book and the movie. When he wonders aloud whether Julie can even write this story from a place of privilege, she goes to dramatic lengths to prove him wrong. Race, class and gender collide in this explosive comedy that’s sure to provoke conversation in all the best ways.
 


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Cast & Crew

Production
Director Sarah Garton Stanley
Set Designer Rachel Forbes
Costume Designer Joseph Abetria
Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher
Sound Designer Chris Coyne
Assistant Director Nikki Shaffeeullah
Assistant Designer Shauna Jones
Stage Manager Mike Duggan
Assistant Stage Manager Zahra Larche
Apprentice Stage Manager Ridge Romanishen
Cast
James Thompson Arne MacPherson
Mark Gordon Kwaku Adu-Poku
Christine Charter Ellie Ellwand
Precy Cabigting Rochelle Kives
Julie Gordon Emerjade Simms
Lawrence Gordon Ray Strachan

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Production ID: 29590
Start Date: 3/23/2022 11:27:50 AM
End Date: 4/16/2022 11:27:56 AM
Title: Calpurnia
Playwright: By Audrey Dwyer
Billing: An NAC English Theatre/Royal MTC/Black Theatre Workshop Co-production
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“You didn’t create racism. So why do you have to solve it?” – Mark

Julie, a Jamaican-Canadian screenwriter, is battling writer’s block and innumerable distractions as her family prepares for an important dinner. More accurately, Precy, their beloved housekeeper is preparing; they’re mostly getting in the way and arguing about Julie’s movie. Passionate and daring, Julie is taking aim at To Kill A Mockingbird for its treatment of Calpurnia, the Finch family maid. The project has its detractors – including her brother Mark who loves the book and the movie. When he wonders aloud whether Julie can even write this story from a place of privilege, she goes to dramatic lengths to prove him wrong. Race, class and gender collide in this explosive comedy that’s sure to provoke conversation in all the best ways.
 
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