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Other Side of the Game
By (author): Amanda Parris
Amanda Parris

Imprint:

Playwrights Canada Press

ISBN:

9781770919914

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
May 21, 2019
$17.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 5 x 0.25 in | 150 gr

Page Count:

128 pages

Duration:

90 minutes
FSC certified – mixed sources 0
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Women Authors
 
Governor General's Literary Award 2019, Winner
  • Short Description
Two stories of young Black women run parallel—one with the backdrop of the urgent activism of the 1970s, the other with the rhythm of today’s unapologetic Hip Hop Generation—as they gain strength in themselves and their communities, protect their incarcerated loved ones, and battle for justice.

I don’t think you can expect society to change if you’re not ready to take the first step.

In the 1970s Beverly walks into an office of Black activists, wanting to join the Movement, and has to prove she’s committed enough to fight. Some forty years later, in the Hip Hop Generation, Nicole reunites with her ex-boyfriend on a basketball court, wondering where he’s been, when a police officer stops them.

In this striking debut, Amanda Parris turns the spotlight on the Black women who organize communities, support their incarcerated loved ones, and battle institutions, living each day by a ride-or-die philosophy, strengthening their voices and demanding to be heard.

By day, Amanda Parris is a television and radio host and writes a weekly column. By night, she writes stories for the stage and screen. Other Side of the Game is her first published play. In Amanda’s past lives she was an educator who wrote arts-based curricula, attended numerous acting auditions and dreamed of opening a school that Blue Ivy Carter would attend. Over the course of her career, Amanda has worn a variety of hats, working as an educator, a researcher, an actor and a community organizer. She is the co-founder of the award-winning alternative education organization Lost Lyrics and worked with the Remix Project and the Manifesto Festival. She has spoken about her work at United Nations conferences around the world. Parris completed her Honours B.A. degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies at York University and her M.A. degree in Sociology of Education at the University of Toronto. She was a playwright-in-residence at Cahoots Theatre Company and Alameda Theatre Company and studied writing and acting at b current performing arts, anitafrika dub theatre and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

"[Parris] is definitely someone to keep an eye on… [she] is a strong writer with a unique and inspiring voice."

- Allison Gerson, Mooney on Theatre

"Parris’s play does the worthy work of combating the idea that Black women are superhuman, able to bear the weight of their communities, fight societal racism on micro and macro levels, and care for their families while managing a tight budget."

- Carly Maga, Toronto Star

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