Bleeders: Part 3 of The Orisha Trilogy by d'bi.young anitafrika

SummerWorks Theatre Festival
presents
A Watah Theatre Production
BLEEDERS by d'bi.young anitafrika

Bleeders is the culminating play in d'bi.young anitafrika's Orisha Trilogy. An afro-futuristic dub-opera set in a post-apocalyptic Toronto some years after the explosion of the Pickering Nuclear plant which causes wide-spread infertility in humans; Bleeders centres on gender and the environment. The descendants of the Black Lives Matter movement have created a matriarchy in the mountains led by Oya (goddxss of lightning and defender of womxn) and Ochun (goddxss of love, sexuality and child-birth) when the puppet government begins rounding up Black womxn whom they assume ovulate and bleed, as part of their Human Replenishment Scheme. 

THE CREATIVE TEAM
playwright/director d'bi.young anitafrika
co-musical directors/composers Waleed Abdulhamid & tuku
choreographer Nickeshia Garrick
stage manager Kathleen Jones
assistant stage manager Samson Brown
set/costume design Rachel Forbes
lighting design Sharmylae Taffe Fletcher
sound design Waleed Abdulhamid
producer Brett Haynes
executive producer d'bi.young anitafrika

THE CAST
Aisha Bentham
Aquilla Roots
Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah
Najla Edwards
Nickeshia Garrick
Olunike Adeliyi
Raven Dauda
Sashoya Shoya Oya
Ravyn Wngs                                                                                                                                             d'bi.young anitafrika

MEDIA
Esu Crossing The Middle Passage Reviews (Orisha Trilogy Part 1)
Toronto Star: 3.5 out of 4 stars - bit.do/StarEsuReview
NOW Magazine: NNNN + Critics' Pick - bit.do/NowEsuReview
Cowbell Blog: Powerful! Deeply Moving! Bold! bit.do/CowbellEsuReview

Mami Wata & The PussyWitch Hunt (Orisha Trilogy Part 2)
NOW Magazine: NNNN + Critics' Pick bit.do/NowMamiWataReview
Mooney On Theatre: Profound! Wonderfully Immersive! Powerful Performance! - bit.do/MooneyMamiWataReview
Cowbell Blog: Magical! Sensuous! Moving! bit.do/CowbellMamiWataReview

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d'bi.young anitafrika

Canadian Poet of Honor and YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts d’bi.young anitafrika, is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican dubpoet, playwright-monodramatist, arts-educator, theatre director and scholartist, whose trans-disciplinary work (dubpoetry, theatre, music, dance, writing & storytelling) explores themes of identity, gender, sexuality, divinity, the erotic, race, class and the human experience. She is the creator of the human development/oppression awareness framework – The Sorplusi Method – which has been employed by The Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Banff Centre, U of T, MaRS, and other institutions globally. For the last 20 years anitafrika has mentored countless artists in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, India and South America through her numerous world-wide arts-education projects.
 
anitafrika has performed and lectured extensively internationally, including a recent address at the United Nations, and has published four plays and two dubpoetry albums.  Founder and artistic director of The Watah Theatre and The Sorplusi Institute where she fosters the professional development of emerging to established artists through the Sorplusi Method, she is currently an apprentice dancer at Coba and a member of Obsidian’s Playwrights’ Unit.
 
A Recipient of two Doras, a KM Hunter Theatre award, a Mayor’s Arts award, a Vital People award and a Toronto Leadership Lab Fellow, anitafrika recently launched her new band – DBI & THE 333 –with Sudanese master musician Waleed Abdulhamid, and has published her 3rd collection of poetry entitled OYA. She is now completing The Orisha Trilogy featuring her latest triptych of monodramas, world premiering spring 2016 at The Storefront Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille. anitafrika resides by Lake Ontario in Toronto Canada with her children Moon and Phoenix.