The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely
About the Show
Following three generations of Caribbean-Canadian women, we meet Lovely at different stages of development and pivotal moments/ages in her life as they relate to her understanding of herself, especially with the awakening of sexual identity.
Her relationship with her body, men and sex becomes a trap she cannot seem to escape – The play attempts to mirror these personal stories with historical content and to place them in a cultural and pop-cultural context.
Evoking the spirit of Sarah Baartman (The Venus Hottentot) as homage for the historical image of black women’s sexuality, Lovely’s confusion, anger, cynicism and heartache resonate with Sarah’s experience, creating an echo effect. All of this coupled with the reexamination of Dark Matter and Blackness come together to be the story of Lovely’s emancipation. We imagine that Lovely wakes up to the fact that she has the power to break the cycle and become free, and rejects the image of herself that she’s been buying into, finding self love and emancipation.
Written & Performed by Ngozi Paul
Directed & Dramaturged by d'bi young anitafrika
Music & Sound Design by Waleed Abdulhamid & L'Oquenz
Choreography & Assistant Direction by Roger C. Jeffrey
Assistant Choreography by Catherine Foster
Costume Design by Jeannette Linton
Lighting Design by Chris Malkowski
Publicity by Amelia Sargisson
Produced by Jivesh Parasram
"★★★★. Critic’s Pick. Powerful and important... The magnetic Paul holds every moment onstage in a fierce, funny and moving performance."
-Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
"★★★★. An impressive first play for writer and performer Ngozi Paul."
-Carly Maga, Torontoist
"The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely is a chance to see excellent performers performing in a passionately wrought production."
-Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World
"Something you owe yourself to see."
-Samantha Wu, Mooney on Theatre
Awards & Accolades
Winner SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE • SummerWorks 2015
Nominee OUTSTANDING NEW WORK & SOLO PERFORMANCE • My Theatre Awards 2015
Winner OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION, NEW PLAY, PERFORMANCE, & DIRECTION • NOW Magazine 2015
August, 2015 • Ngozika Productions in association with Pandemic Theatre • As part of SummerWorks Performance Festival • Factory Theatre Studio • Toronto