Take d Milk, Nah?
About The Show
This is the story of how I once birthed a cow… kinda.
Jivesh is “Canadian.” And “Indian.” And “Hindu.” And “West Indian.” “Trinidadian” too. Or maybe he’s just colonized. In Take d Milk, Nah? Parasram blends personal storytelling and ritual to walk an audience through the Hin-do’s and Hin-don’ts at the intersections of these cultures. The show is a refreshingly candid and delightfully funny look at race, religion and nationalism(s): What divides us – and what we’re willing to accept in the desire to belong.
Oh, and there’s a cow.
October 2019: The Cultch
A Pandemic Theatre & Rumble Theatre Co-production presented by The Cultch with Diwali in BC, in association with Neworld Theatre
Dates: October 16-26, 2019
Venue: The Cultch, Vancity Culture Lab (895 Venables St, Vancouver)
January 2020: National Arts Centre
A Pandemic Theatre & Rumble Theatre Co-production presented by NAC English Theatre
Dates: January 12-25, 2020
Venue: National Arts Centre, Azrieli Studio (1 Elgin Street, Ottawa)
March 2020: Theatre Passe Muraille
A Pandemic Theatre production presented by Theatre Passe Muraille with support from b current performing arts
Dates: March 19-28, 2020
Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto)
April 2020: Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI)
A Pandemic Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille production presented by MAI
Dates: April 2-4, 2020
Venue: MAI (3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, suite 103, Montréal)
Written & Performed by Jivesh Parasram
Co-Created by Jivesh Parasram, Tom Arthur Davis, & Graham Isador
Directed by Tom Arthur Davis
Assistant Directed by Graham Isador
Dramaturgy by Tom Arthur Davis & Graham Isador
Set & Costume Design by Anahita Dehbonehie
Lighting Design by Rebecca Vandevelde
Production Managed by Christopher Ross
Stage Managed by Heather Bellingham
Originally Produced by Pandemic Theatre & b current performing arts, with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille
Producers for Pandemic Theatre: Jivesh Parasram & Tom Arthur Davis
Producer for b current: Catherine Hernandez
★★★1/2 (out of 4) "I was impressed — nay, thrilled — by its boldness."
-Carly Maga, The Toronto Star
★★★★ Critic's Pick. "Engaging. Powerful. Hilarious. Incisive."
-Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine
“If you want to leave the theatre talking, and talking, and talking, check out Jiv Parasram’s solo show Take d Milk, Nah?”
-J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe & Mail
“As a marginalized individual because it’s the first time in a long time where you might get to breathe in a safe place.”
-Maira Hassan, The Vancouver Arts Review
"It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’ve come from, Take d Milk, Nah? is a must-see experience."
-Alyssa Mahadeo, Toronto Caribbean
"Witty… Provocative… Surprisingly, viscerally moving."
-Colin Thomas, Theatre Review
"A thing of beauty."
-Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
"Hilariously entertaining and insightful."
-Cate McKim, Life with More Cowbell
-Sam Mooney, Mooney on Theatre
Awards & Accolades
Nominee OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY • Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2018
Trailer (from the 2018 World Premiere)
April, 2020 • A Pandemic Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille co-production, presented by Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) • MAI • Montréal, QC
March, 2020 • A Pandemic Theatre production, presented by Theatre Passe Muraille with support from b current performing arts • Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace • Toronto,ON
January, 2020 • A Pandemic Theatre & Rumble Theatre co-production, presented by NAC English Theatre • National Arts Centre, Azrieli Studio • Ottawa, ON
October, 2019 • A Pandemic Theatre & Rumble Theatre co-production, presented by The Cultch with Diwali in BC • The Cultch, Culture Lab • Vancouver, BC
April, 2018 • A Pandemic Theatre & b current performing arts co-production, with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille • Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace • Toronto, ON
October, 2017 • A Pandemic Theatre workshop presentation, in association with Aluna Theatre • As part of Caminos 2017 • Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum • Toronto, ON
August, 2016 • A Pandemic Theatre workshop presentation • As a part of the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts • Surrey Arts Centre • Surrey, BC
May, 2016 • A Pandemic Theatre workshop presentation, in association with b current performing arts • As a part of the rock.paper.sistahz Festival • Wychwood Barns Theatre • Toronto, ON
This project has been made possible through the generous support of b current performing arts, Theatre Passe Muraille, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council, and Obsidian Theatre Company (through the OAC Theatre Creators' Reserve).