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Playwright Lisa Codrington reimagines Shaw’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God for the stage

-  Controversial novella turned one-act play begins previews June 10 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 9, 2016) Governor General Award-nominated playwright Lisa Codrington’s stage adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God begins previews Friday, June 10 at the Court House Theatre. Commissioned by the Shaw Festival, this world premiere is an outrageous comic tale of a young girl’s quest to find God.

Ravi Jain, one of Canada’s most exciting young directors, spins his celebrated theatrical magic in this provocative romp through topics deemed too taboo for polite conversation – the Bible, God, racism, slavery, colonialism, colonization, and feminism – just to name a few! All are up for grabs in this brilliantly anarchic adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s controversial 1932 novella. Set and costumes by Camellia Koo, lighting by Louise Guinand and music and sound by John Gzowski create the perfect milieu for this riotous and irreverent adaptation.

Natasha Mumba is a curious young African girl abandoned by the missionary that converted her for asking too many questions about the Bible. Compelled by the phrase “seek and ye shall find”, she sets out on a journey to find the one entity that can provide the answers she yearns for – God. Along the way, she meets several well-known, and not so well-known, figures from the Bible; a caravanning group of British scientists and an Irish playwright with some radical ideas.

The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God also features the talents of Guy Bannerman, Tara Rosling, Ben Sanders, Kiera Sangster, André Sills, Graeme Somerville and Jonathan Tan.

Sponsored by Vintage Hotels, this Shaw Festival production runs from June 10 to September 11 (opening June 25) at the Court House Theatre (26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake).

Cast (in alphabetical order):

Guy Bannerman
Natasha Mumba
Tara Rosling
Ben Sanders
Kiera Sangster
André Sills
Graeme Somerville
Jonathan Tan
GBS / Lord of Hosts / Naturalist
Black Girl
White Missionary / Mathematician
Micah the Morasthite / King Solomon / Physicist
Black Mamba Snake
Black Bearer
The Almighty / Biologist / The Artist
The Conjuror

Creative & Production:

Lisa Codrington
Ravi Jain
Joanna Falck
Camellia Koo
Louise Guinand
John Gzowski
Meredith Macdonald
Ivory Neal
Andrea Schurman
Playwright
Director
Dramaturg
Designer
Lighting Designer
Composer & Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager (until June 5)
Assistant Stage Manager (from May 29)


The Shaw Festival’s 2016 season is on stage April 9 through October 23. The playbill features Alice in Wonderland, A Woman of No Importance, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Uncle Vanya, “Master Harold” …and the Boys, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, Our Town, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Engaged, and The Dance of Death. Tickets for the Shaw Festival’s 2016 Season are available through the Box Office at 1-800-511-7429 or online at www.shawfest.com.

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