125 Bathurst Street
|Thursday August 4th||4:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday August 9th||7:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Friday August 12th||4:30 PM - 5:30 PM|
Latecomers admitted up until 5 minutes after the start of the performance.
Coarse Language, Artificial Firearms.
Their language. Their neighbourhood. Their struggles. Nize It tells the story of black Toronto youth and their struggles against the negative stereotypes that are so widely believed about them. Matthew, a black youth and talented comic book writer, quickly gives up on his potential as a writer when he is faced with criticism of his work. When Matthew’s good friend from “the hood”, Ramon, is transported into the comic book, Matthew is challenged to re-examine the very white privileged superhero world he has created in his comics. Worlds collide when Matthew’s real life little brother, Nicholas, owes money to a well-known gang. Street violence meets police violence and a real life hero is forced to step forward.
Inferno Productions in association with Dante Alighieri Academy
Directed by Lynise Reedy; Written by Lynise Reedy and Matthew Worku; Assistant Writing by Ramon Sursona-Baltazar and Michael Goncalves; Artistic Design by Joseph Nguyen; Performed by Matthew Worku, Ramon Sursona-Baltazar, Nicholas Frederick, Isaac Adjei-Mensah, Kristopher Kassabian, Michael Goncalves, Ana Rita Francisco, Adelina Carbone, Caterina Capizzano, Mario DiCerbo, Andrew Bolarino, Walter Moraes-Mendoza, Tobi Olubusi, Sam Botembe, Matthew Schinas, Laura Nigro, Joana Da Silva, Elizabeth Romano, Celine Romero-Gomez, Sarah Dumoine, Mark Rabanes, Jessie Rarang, Sara Torres, Semhar Tesfrageries, Mauda Karram, Filipe Costa, Caterina Pinto, and Sabrina Gatt; Choreographed by Heather Urquhart; Music Composed by Brave Shores, Mad Ones, Phil Wilson, Owen Devoe and Elena Didiano; Stage Managed by Victoria Sa; Assistant Stage Managed by Kaitlyn Gatt; Lighting Design by Leojan Viloria; Sound Design by Reinalene Amada; Backstage Assistance by Ennio Vega-Steriert and Ana Oliveira; Production Assistance by Kabin Projects.
"At the Sears Ontario Drama Festival Regional Showcase, I knew I was witnessing something special moments after the stage lights rose on this play. I am confident you'll feel it too. Nize It delves into complex territory with tremendous intelligence, heart and humour. It does so with great honesty, while highlighting the experiences and perspectives of Toronto youth. From the writing, to the performances, to the design, Nize It is a show you will talk about and remember." - Laura Nanni