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More Canadian Stars Of Stage And Screen Announced As Part Of DINNER A LA ART Benefit

Daren A. Herbert, Vanessa Sears, Jahlen Barnes, Cameron Grant, and Giovanni Spina will star in the new play RIOT.

More Canadian Stars Of Stage And Screen Announced As Part Of DINNER A LA ART Benefit

Today, Talk Is Free Theatre released the title and cast of acclaimed artists for one more reading as part of Dinner à la Art. Riot was written in 1995 by Andrew Moodie and will be streaming for one night only on April 8, 2021. Directing this Chalmers Canadian Play Award winner is actor, playwright, and co-founder of Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Tawiah M'Carthy.

Starring in Riot is Dora Award-winning actor Daren A. Herbert, who is best known for his roles in television series Kim's Convenience, Falling Skies, and several productions with Soulpepper. Fellow Dora Award winner Vanessa Sears who has performed across Canada for such companies as the Shaw Festival and Mirvish Productions is also cast in a major role.

The cast also includes Cameron Grant, who has performed with the Shaw Festival and InspiraTO festival; Giovanni Spina who is an acting company member of Shakespeare in the Ruff and TIFT, and Jahlen Barnes, who has performed in featured roles with such companies as the Shaw Festival, Neptune Theatre, and TIFT.

The price of admission to any of these exclusive readings is a $30CAD minimum purchase from one of the local participating restaurants or retailers.

A dramatic and often humorous look at six black Canadians of diverse backgrounds who share a Toronto house. Their lives unfold against the backdrop of civil unrest, which erupted when the Los Angeles police officers on trial for the beating of Rodney King are acquitted. The fracas outside keeps intruding as characters clash, collide, and swap jokes about everything from racism to the status of Quebec as a distinct society, from Malcolm X to The Road to Avonlea.

The titles and stars of the remaining two readings will be announced on March 1 and 3, 2021. Please follow Talk Is Free Theatre's social media channels for updates.

Play readings for Dinner à la Art were selected and curated by Richard Ouzounian.

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