Calpurnia

Written by:

Audrey Dwyer

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

Black

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Adaptation
Comedy
Satire

Themes:

American History
Black History
Class
Race
Racism
Sexism

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

2018

Synopsis:

“Julie, a young Afro-Canadian screenwriter, is retelling To Kill a Mockingbird. This time the story will be told from the perspective of… a Black woman. Calpurnia. The Finch family’s maid. In pursuit of perspective to cure her writer’s block, Julie upturns an important family dinner party. Hilarity and tension ensue in this satirical comedy that takes a caustic look at class, race, identity, and family dynamics under the roof of a wealthy Jamaican Canadian home.

Calpurnia is a part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Discovery Series play development initiative that promotes the unseen work of emerging and established Black Canadian playwrights.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

PRECY CABIGTING: Early 50s, born in the Philippines, Lesbian, tough, not a victim

JULIE GORDON: Twenty-eight, Canadian born, Queer, passionate

LAWRENCE GORDON: Late 50s/Early 60s, Jamaican born, Retired Judge, determined

MARK GORDON: Twenty-five, Canadian born, Lawyer, warm-hearted

CHRISTINE CHARTER: Twenty-eight, Canadian born, sweet, smart, has edge

JAMES THOMPSON: Late 50s/Early 60s, Canadian born, Lawyer, affable but also an alpha male

First Produced:

2018, Nightwood Theatre / Sulong Theatre co-production, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto

Resources:

Calpurnia is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre

For more information on Black Theatre Workshop and their Discovery series, visit their website.

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