Where: The Incubator at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
When: June 14-26, 2022
Cost: Tickets are $10, $20, $40 and can be purchased at tickets.theatrecentre.org
Details: June, 1964. The Civil Rights Movement rages in the southern United States. Hundreds of college students, Black and white alike, board buses despite warnings of grave danger and descend on the state of Mississippi, for what they have dubbed ‘Freedom Summer’. The dream is to ignite a widespread African-American voter registration and liberation campaign. The nightmare, however, is close at hand for Three Ordinary Men.
Cahoots Theatre’s first production since pre-pandemic days reunites the company’s artistic director, Tanisha Taitt, with award-winning playwright Steven Elliott Jackson. Directed by Taitt and starring Tristan Claxton, Jamar Adams-Thompson and Jack Copland, Three Ordinary Men is inspired by the real-life circumstances met by civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, whose disappearance on June 21st, 1964 would indelibly etch their names into the memory of a movement and the conscience of a nation.
After winning the Hamilton Fringe’s Best New Play honour in 2020, Three Ordinary Men was set to debut at that year’s festival before COVID-19 shot it down. It will premiere two years later in Toronto this June, produced for Cahoots by its co-leader and managing producer, Lisa Alves. The production will be stage managed by Lily Chan, production managed by Maya Royer, and features a creative & design team consisting of Shawn Henry, Michael Fillier, Claudia Tam, Christopher-Elizabeth, and Tiffany Ledesma.