United Skates (2018)

America’s roller rinks—the centres of an underground Black roller skating subculture—are rapidly closing. A nationwide community fights to stop the closure of remaining roller rinks and preserve a Black subculture that has fostered world-renowned musicians. United Skates brilliantly profiles the Black roller skating community and its challenges, particularly racism and erasure. Detailing the formation of…

They Say Blue (Groundwood Books, 2018)

A purple tulip blooms under blue and grey spring showers. Fields of long, golden grass stretch like waves on an ocean. A young girl reviews her relationship with colour amid changing seasons and childhood activities, thinking about the colours she can and cannot see. With illustrations that are a combination of acrylic paint on watercolour…

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

In an alternate reality, aimless Cassius Green lands a job as a telemarketer with RegalView in Oakland, California. When Cassius learns that using his white voice will get him further in his new-found career, he progresses from lowly telemarketer to praised Power Caller, making him question his role in RegalView’s agenda. Sharp, gut-wrenching, and hilarious,…

A Private War (2018)

Steeled war correspondent Marie Colvin finds herself drawn to the front lines of battles around the globe above all else. After Colvin loses her left eye during the Sri Lankan Civil War, she finds herself struggling to record the international warpaths she used to chase as her health deteriorates. Tethered to reality, A Private War…

Where Hands Touch (2018)

1944 Nazi Germany despises Leyna, a Black German teen. When Leyna’s mother uproots their family from their hometown in the Rhineland and relocates them to Berlin to keep them safe, Leyna grapples with her German identity while confronting her feelings for Lutz, a member of the Hitler Youth. The political philosophies of Germany cause Leyna…

Colette (2018)

Headstrong Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is thrust into the lavish lifestyles of the Parisian elite when she marries a writer of many pseudonyms, Willy. Leaving her country life behind, Colette finds her place in Paris ghostwriting the Claudine series for her husband. However, the success of the novels awakens something in Colette that can’t be avoided. Based…

The Tempest (Stratford Festival, May – October 2018)

Deposed and marooned on an island with her daughter for twelve long years, former Duchess of Milan, Prospero, uses the magical arts to bring her enemies to the land she’s learned to call home. With the help of the spirit Ariel, Prospero attempts to exact her own form of righteous revenge. The stage design of…