Obsidian Theatre is going black to the future. The new company has just announced its first season, to be kicked off this weekend (February 17-18) with a staged reading of Djanet (Harlem Duet) Sears' new play, The Adventures Of A Black Girl In Search Of God.
Set in Negro Creek, a once-thriving black community in western Ontario, the drama tells the story of a female country doctor who must bury her last remaining blood relation. Inspired by black history in Ontario and rooted in the African oral tradition, the reading -- a co-production with Nightwood Theatre -- includes Barbara Barnes-Hopkins, Kevin Bundy, David Collins and Tricia Williams. 416-973-4000.
The season continues with a production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winner The Piano Lesson and Trevor Rhone's Old Story Time.
Dance artist Janak Khendry has friends and colleagues affected by the earthquake in India. So she and Brad Trenaman asked peers and colleagues in the dance community to do something about it. They came up with Let Dancing Feet Shake The Earth: A Benefit For Victims Of The India Earthquake.
"The response from the community has been overwhelming," says Khendry, who announced the benefit at Dance Ontario's DanceWeekend a couple of weeks ago and was swamped with offers afterward. Artists involved in the $50 benefit include Ballet Creole, Joanna Das, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Kaeja d'Dance, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre and OMO Dance.
The $50 event, whose proceeds go to Darpana Earthquake Relief 2001, happens Sunday (February 18), 3 pm, at the Betty Oliphant (404 Jarvis). 416-530-2889, 416-783-5718.
Former NOW food writer Byron Ayanoglu is still fixated on gastronomic delights. Based in Montreal, he combines his love of edibles and of theatre in a new play called, appropriately, Food. Directed by Guy Sprung for infinitheatre and the Montreal High Lights Festival, it's about a world-class chef who gives a cooking demonstration and in the process reveals his passion for a former sous-chef. After the performance the audience digs into a meal from a leading Montreal restaurant. Digestifs, anyone?