Presented by Theatre Passe Muraille in association with Pandemic Theatre and with support from b current
Jiv is Canadian. Jiv is Indian. And Hindu. And West Indian. He’s Trinidadian too. Or maybe Jiv is just colonized. In Take d Milk, Nah? Jiv Parasram (Dora nomination for Outstanding New Play) blends personal storytelling and ritual to walk audiences through the intersections of these cultures.
A refreshingly candid and delightfully funny look at race, religion and nationalism(s), Take d Milk, Nah? examines what divides us – and what we’re willing to accept in the desire to belong. The show returns to Passe Muraille after a sold out run in 2018. Oh, and there’s a cow.
Backspace Theatre | 16 Ryerson Ave.
Written by Jivesh Parasram
Direction/Dramaturgy by Tom Arthur Davis
Created by Jivesh Parasram, Tom Arthur Davis and Graham Isador
Lighting by Rebecca Vandevelde
Set and Costumes by Anahita Dehbonehie
General Admission $33
Arts Worker $25
Under 30 $17
Founded in 2009, Pandemic Theatre is a performing arts collective based out of T’karonto (Toronto). Run under the joint leadership of Jivesh Parasram (Artistic Producer) and Tom Arthur Davis (Artistic Director), Pandemic is mandated to create, develop, and produce work from critical and underrepresented perspectives that engage social and political themes.
We strive to create spaces where political discourse is not only possible, but also encouraged.
Our work is to challenge audiences, artists, and communities to engage and question the role of aesthetics in ideology. To do so ethically, critically, and in the spirit of solidarity.
Another world is possible.
The name “Pandemic” was adopted to speak to the aim of the company to create work that is simultaneously dangerous – from the contemporary widespread bio-hazard connotations of the name – and also, in essence, work that responds to issues that effect and affect the larger common public.
“Pandemic” is derived from the Greek “pandemos” meaning all (“pan”) people (“demos”).
b current is the hotbed for culturally-rooted theatre development in Toronto. Originally founded as a place for Black artists to create, nurture, and present their new works, our company has grown to support artists from all diasporas. We strived over two decades to create space for diverse voices to be heard, always with a focus on engaging the communities from which our stories emerge. As a result, these communities trust our company and respect the work that we do. Whether our audiences identify with our work through ethnic experience, social values, or political awareness, these groups are loyal to our programming because they recognize the high level of cultural authenticity and integrity we foster in our artists and their works.
We develop new works by diverse artists primarily rooted in the cultural, social, and political experiences of the Canadian and international Black and brown Diaspora. In order to effectively do this we have dramaturgy & workshop sessions, public readings, and workshop performances, as well as in-depth training programs for emerging creators.
We produce daring and groundbreaking theatre creations and since inception we’ve mounted over a dozen main stage plays, and 100+ other public performances.