Posted by Shakespeare in Action
SHAKESPEARE IN ACTION (SIA) is a theatre education company, and in 2019 became the resident professional theatre organization at the Artscape Weston Common, in Toronto’s Weston community. After a change in leadership in 2020, SIA has engaged in a strategic revisioning process which centres SIA’s mandate around serving, reflecting and engaging children, families and seniors in our community. SIA acknowledges we are at the early stages of our journey centring equitable practices, and invite you to follow our progression on our website under “Strategic Revisioning”. SIA is excited to continue our relationship with Katia Café-Fébrissy, the writer/director of NONA’S MALAIKA, and re-imagine this project in a digital theatre format.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
NONA’S MALAIKA (NM) is a seventy-five minute futuristic comedy and digital theatre play for young audiences, that explores conversations around social media and mental health for Black youth in the midst of a pandemic. Inspired by the social isolation of COVID-19, and given COVID’s disproportionate presence in our community, NM seeks to tell the story of a young Black girl named Malaika situated in Toronto’s northwest during a not-so-distant future, where a new virus COVID-2.0 is spread through eye-contact.
One evening when Malaika must babysit her younger siblings again because her mom is off to work a night shift in the hospital, her phone (which has a mind of its own) decides to call Malaika’s teacher Ms Wright, a young well-meaning white woman also experiencing incredible loneliness. Malaika’s phone (which she has named Nona) and Malaika’s untouched computer are our unlikely narrators, and are the lens through which we experience Malaika and Ms. Wright’s relationship, and their journey toward connection and forbidden eye contact. NONA’S MALAIKA mixes sci-fi with vaudevillian humour to explore the emotional toll of physical distancing on young people’s mental health, and how our devices facilitate both increased feelings of isolation AND connection.
CAEA ITA engagement for first two weeks, ACTRA engagement for final week.
November 8th – 26th, 2021
$750 / week for first two weeks. Increases to ACTRA rate in final week.
Please record and submit a short video (under 5 minutes) of you performing two contrasting monologues, with at least one being contemporary.
Fill out the following form by October 24th at midnight: https://forms.gle/cNnDVvBJgoQFEHrB6
All rehearsals and recording will be in person. We will require actors to be fully vaccinated by the 24th of October, and provide us with proof of vaccination prior to signing their contract Folks who have a medical exemption will be required to obtain a negative PCR test 72 hours in advance of each week. The full creative team will engage in weekly rapid tests.
VERA (Malaika’s Mom) – she/her
Late 30s, early 40s, mother of Malaika and younger twin boys. A single mother. Newcomer from Kenya.
MARCO – (he/him or they/them)
A grumpy and stuffy laptop that competes with NONA for the attention of Malaika. Lucky for him COVID increases his relevance as MALAIKA must attend school from home. Jamaican/Afro-Caribbean.