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We Were Here
February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until February 27, 2021
In the summer of 2020, a partnership with local poet and playwright Clyde A. Wray was formed. Wray had become the first ever SJTC Artist in Residence and was hired to create a play based on the stories of several historic figures from the Black community of Saint John and beyond.
The play is a series of eight monologues that provide a snapshot into the life of a historical legend. The roles have been filled by a team of talent that includes those who are new to the stage as well as some theatre veterans.
“I’ve often thought when looking at portraits that were hung on the outside wall of Thandi Restaurant building on Canterbury Street, did only Caucasians help build Saint John? Is there not one person of color that is worthy of a portrait? Then come to find out there are those that are more than worthy. Their stories just haven’t been told but they lay there hidden in some deep dark vault. Well, I believe its time to shine some light on these stories and these too which Saint John can be proud!” – Clyde A. Wray, playwright, We Were Here Streaming performances will be offered February 25-27, 2021 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. Visit https://www.showtix4u.com to order.
“I don’t think there is any production I’ve done or can foresee that is as important as this production. There is an inherent responsibility and a weight that must be borne when bringing real historical characters to life. We as close as we can must tell their truth and be faithful to their lives.” – Clyde A. Wray Funding for the project has been provided by the Career Development Program of the New Brunswick Arts Board, the Province of New Brunswick, the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the Crabtree Foundation, the Sussex Area Community Foundation the Pannell Family Foundation and the TD Inclusiveness and Community Outreach program.
Support has also been provided by PRUDE, CBC New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Black History Society.