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speaking of sneaking – The RISER Project

Inspired by experiences of growing up queer in Jamaica and finding home in Canada, speaking of sneaking is about displacement, desperation and deception. A multidisciplinary mash-up of dance, poetry and pantomime where the archetypal Jamaican ginnal and the mythical African Anansi meet.

*A note on ticket prices for RISER: In order to ensure accessibility, Why Not Theatre invites you to Pay-What-You-Can-Afford. You can pick any one of four prices—$5, $20, $35, $60—whichever suits your budget. All tickets are general admission, and there are no limits on any price level. Pick the price you can afford to pay for your ticket and book your seat.


Producing Company sos collective
Director and Dramaturge: d’bi.young anitafrika
Choreographer: Brian Solomon
Creator and Performer: daniel jelani ellis
Set and Costume Designer: Rachel Forbes
Workshop Stage Manager: Kathleen Jones
Outside Eye: Virgilia Griffith
Stage Manager: Victoria Wang

Production Management by Deborah Lim
Lighting design by Andre du Toit
Publicity by FLIP Publicity (Carrie Sager)
Produced by Why Not Theatre (Ravi Jain, Owais Lightwala, Kelly Read, sandra Henderson)

speaking of sneaking is presented as part of the RISER Project, a collaborative producing model by Why Not Theatre, with the generous support of the Government of Canada.

May 2, 2018
to May 11, 2018

General Admission $5, $20, $35, $60


BMO Incubator

Performance Dates

Performance Dates:
Wednesday, May 2 – 9:30PM Preview
Thursday, May 3 – 9:30PM Opening
Friday, May 4 – 9:30PM
Saturday, May 5 – 9:30PM
Monday, May 7 – 9:30PM
Tuesday, May 8 – 9:30PM
Wednesday, May 9 – 9:30PM
Thursday, May 10 – 9:30PM
Friday, May 11 – 9:30PM

About The RISER Project
In order to create more access and opportunity for artists, Why Not Theatre is looking at new ways of producing theatre in Toronto for independent artists. The RISER Project brings together a community of senior leadership and emerging artists, to support the artistic risk that independent artists must take in order to create and innovate. The model is designed to maximize existing infrastructures by sharing resources, risk and energy to reduce the producing burden on artists. RISER senior partners for 2018 are Aluna Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Cahoots, Factory Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre, Modern Times, Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Shaw Festival, Roseneath Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and The Theatre Centre. RISER is made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada.