The hit theatrical play ‘da Kink in my Hair’ makes a stellar return to Atlanta Georgia at the Horizon Theatre Company.
The production, which is the brainchild of award winning playwright and actor Trey Anthony, start its six-week stint today (July 15) all the way through August 28 at the 1083 Austin Ave NE Atlanta.
“It is a long run and we are really excited about that long opportunity as it gives people a chance to see the work,” Anthony told Island Links.
‘da Kink in my Hair’ will be on stage from Wednesdays to Sundays. Tickets can be purchased either through the theater’s box office or online at horizontheatre.com.
“I really want to stress that we have had some previous productions that were quick to sell out so persons should get their tickets ahead of time. The first time we did it in Atlanta was at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and it was fantastically sold out because people loved it.”
The black-themed play, which also has a television sitcom adaptation, follows the lives of women in a hair salon that exudes a colorful experience with lessons about love, life and living in modern times.
It was born out of Anthony’s frustration with the mediocre and stereotypical roles she was getting as a Caribbean-born black actress while living in Canada at the time.
“They were roles that I played as a crack head, a woman on welfare or an ignorant angry black woman, and I was fed up. So I began to write the play with the intent of seeing a well-rounded black character on stage.”
The play was not only a hit when it debut at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2001 but saw the fan base grew as the production traveled to California, London, New York and San Diego among other locations.
It got adapted into a TV sitcom on Global television network and was aired for two seasons with reruns now in the US and Caribbean.
The theatrical production was also the recipient of four NAACP Image Awards.
“We really need to realize our economical power as a black community. When we see people doing work for us and by us we need to support it because this is the only way we can continue to thrive and grown our business and tell our story.”
Anthony is the first Black Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network.
The author is a former television producer for the Women’s Television Network (now W) and a writer for the Comedy Network and CTV. She was also the executive producer of the Urban Women’s Comedy Festival, ‘dat girl, sho is funny!’ She co‐wrote, ‘I Am Not a Dinner Mint, The Crap Women Swallow to Stay in a Relationship!’
During 2016 Caribbean American History month in the US, she showcased her critically acclaimed documentary film ‘How Black Mother’s Say I Love You’. Anthony has since moved to Atlanta where she hopes of establishing her very own theatrical theater.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have a really strong following because people really have grown to love my work. I also believe in upholding certain standards as well as sharing in the moment of my work with fans. I meet and greet with them while never taking their time for granted because you are only as strong as your audience.”