By Amanda Parris
Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by UTP Distribution
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.
“Other Side of the Game courageously examines the struggles of young Black women and their loved ones as they navigate an unjust system. Parris crafts a portrait of the early years of Black activism, and parallels it with the present day. Enraging and engaging, this gripping and passionate play challenges dominant narratives to reveal the painful truths of life for marginalized Canadians in our society.”
Peer assessment committee: Maja Ardal, Megan Gail Coles, Curtis Peeteetuce
Amanda Parris is a television and radio host for CBC and the author of a weekly column. Other Side of the Game is her first published play. She is the co-founder of the award-winning alternative education organization Lost Lyrics and has worked with the Remix Project and the Manifesto Festival. 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 lives in Toronto, Ontario.