Dixon Road tells the story of a Somali family who immigrate to Canada in 1991 as the civil war begins to tear their homeland apart. They settle in Dixon Road, in a neighbourhood near Pearson airport that is still the heart of Toronto’s Somali community today. Combining traditional Somali melodies, R&B & Contemporary Verse, Dixon Road is an exhilarating new Canadian musical about legacy, displacement and finding a new sense of home.
Somali-Canadian playwright Fatuma Adar brings the history of Dixon Road to life with her new musical; get a glimpse of its development with this concert and conversation.
Musical Arrangements: Adam Sakiyama
Originally developed as part of Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit and commissioned by The Musical Stage Company with funding from The Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation’s Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for new musicals.
Fatuma Adar (Book, Music, Lyrics)
Fatuma Adar is a writer and performer based in Toronto. In 2019 she was published in the anthology “Black Writers Matter” and her new musical “Dixon Road” has been shortlisted for Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Stage West Musical Award. Fatuma is an alumnus of the Bars Workshop NYC at The Public Theater.
Kimberly Colburn (Dramaturgy / Direction)
Kimberly is a freelance story editor and producer based in Toronto. She was the Literary Director at South Coast Repertory Theatre, and co-director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival in Orange County, as well as the Literary Manager at the Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving here last year. Around the continent, she has dramaturged dozens of world premieres and other productions, workshops, and readings.
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25 Apr 2020
CONCERT & CONVERSATION:
Friday April 24, 2020
2pm – 3pm
235 Dixon Road unit 13
Saturday April 25, 2020
6pm – 7pm
Union Station – West Wing
65 Front Street West
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