Black Out Nights

A night dedicated to Black audiences

Black Out Nights are performances exclusively for Black audiences (inspired by the event of the same name in the Fall of 2019 for Jeremy O’Harris’ Slave Play on Broadway). The spirit behind this evening is to provide a space for Black theatre-goers to experience a show for them, by them.

Black Out Night events facilitates a safe environment for a personal and intimate discussion on the work made and performed by Black artists. We are committed to continue offering Black Out Night performances for all Black playwrights and artists in future seasons. We thank you in advance for supporting these artists and Theatre Passe Muraille as we facilitate an opportunity for a community to celebrate and enjoy a performance made for Black audiences.

Upcoming Black Out Night

Black Out Night
our place by Kanika Ambrose

A Cahoots Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille Co-Production

November 25, 2022, 7:30pm | Captioned Performances | Hosted by artists Tsholo Khalema and Jan Jennings | Catered by Coal Pot Catering Jamaican Jerk!

our place takes us to Jerk Pork Castle in Scarborough— “if you don’t know about it, you better be about it and ask about it!”— where newcomers Andrea and Niesha work in exchange for cash under the table. As the two scrape out a life in Canada, they must also navigate their status as undocumented workers.

Frequently asked questions

Just as it sounds!  The spirit behind this evening is to provide a space for Black theatre-goers to experience a show made by Black artists for the Black community.  There will be hosts in the lobby to welcome you into the theatre space and answer any questions. When you enter the theatre “house,” the audience will be comprised only of Black audience members.

TPM aims to have a Black Out Night event for all of our productions where the playwright/creators are Black. Our next Black Out Night will be in 2023 for the show, Okay, you can stop now by Shakeil Rollock (with a special presentation of X and da Spirit by Deconstruction Productions). Date TBC!

All tickets in Theatre Passe Muraille’s 22.23 season follows a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford model, offering 3 price tiers: $10, $30, $60. Those purchasing at the $60 price point will do so with the understanding that their ticket price is helping to subsidize the $10 ticket price, and in doing so, making theatre more accessible for others.

If our ticket price points are a barrier to you, we also have a limited number of subsidized tickets available. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our box office at info@passemuraille.on.ca for questions.

Theatre Passe Muraille welcomes everyone who self-identify as Black to attend this performance. However, if someone self-identifies as a non-Black person and demands to enter the room, a member of our staff will be present to chat with this person. We try our best for this labour to land on a non-Black staff member and we will have non-Black front-of-house, leadership, or technical and productions team members present in the lobby to help deescalate such situations.

We will also specify across our ticketing and show pages, social media, and other communications that the Black Out Night performance is dedicated to Black audiences.

We’re glad to hear! It’s exciting to witness Black Out Nights become a more common practice across theatre companies. While we are not claiming to be an expert of this initiative, we may be able to answer some simple questions. Please send your inquiries to our Community Engagement Coordinator at angelas@passemuraille.on.ca.

Also consider reaching out to The Black Pledge. The Black Pledge offers a series of commitments to aid live arts organizations in dismantling anti-Black racism at the structural level to affirm and advance Black people working in live performance across Canada:

https://www.theblackpledge.ca/pledge-for-organizations

“I was waiting my whole life for this to happen”

~Emerjade Simms

The first TPM BLACK OUT performance was on March 5, 2020. Theatre Passe Muraille together with PIECE OF MINE Arts held a Black Out Night for the show The Negroes Are Congregating by Natasha Adiyana Morris, which was a huge success and generated a lot of appreciation from the Black community.

“It was exhilarating to be in a theatre with just Black people like me. I remember being very emotional welcoming them to my Theatre that night. We were sending a powerful message, letting them know that TPM is also their theatre, a place where they can be free to express themselves, tell their truths, celebrate their journeys and share their stories without restraint.”

~Régine Cadet | Former Managing Director, TPM

“These stories are engaging and designed to create discussion for Black people and non-Black people alike. To me, it is as if your friend invites you over for dinner next week. They say, ‘Come over any night except Thursday. Thursday, my family is coming over and we’re going through stuff.’ Black Out is like a Thursday with one’s family. It will be an opportunity for members of the Black community to have a personal and intimate discussion, and feel safe while doing so.”

~Marjorie Chan | Artistic Director, TPM