Black Out Nights

A night dedicated to Black audiences

“I’ve been waiting my whole life for this to happen”

~Emerjade Simms

“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 | 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

BLACK OUT is a performance 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. The Black Out event also 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 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.

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.