Take d Milk, Nah?
Written and Performed by Jivesh Parasram
Co-created with Tom Arthur Davis and Graham Isador
National tour dates:
Oct 16 – 26, 2019: The Cultch, Vancouver, BC
Jan 14 – 25, 2020: National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
Mar 19 – 28, 2020: Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Apr 2 – 4, 2020: MAI, Montreal, QC – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Audience warning: This show uses haze and incense
ABOUT THE SHOW
Jiv is “Canadian.” And “Indian.” And “West Indian.” “Trinidadian”, too. Or maybe he’s just colonized. In Take d Milk, Nah?, Jiv blends personal storytelling and ritual to walk an audience through the Hin-dos 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.
Take d Milk, Nah? made its West Coast debut at The Cultch in October 2019 before heading to Ottawa and the National Arts Centre in January 2020. It was slated to move on to Toronto (Theatre Passe Muraille) and Montreal (MAI) this spring, but these runs have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Writer and Performer: Jivesh Parasram
Co-creators: Tom Arthur Davis, Graham Isador
Director/Dramaturg: Tom Arthur Davis
Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Graham Isador
Set and Costume Designer: Anahita Dehbonehie
Lighting Designer: Rebecca Vandevelde
Stage Manager: Heather Bellingham
WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO SAY ABOUT TAKE D MILK, NAH?
“Jivesh Parasram’s Take d Milk, Nah? is a sojourn into hyphenated history, a one-man show of personal anecdotes and brief history lessons, heartbreaking truths and hilarious asides, all couched in an inventive deconstruction of its dramatic genre.” – The Georgia Straight
“…a brave effort at an honest conversation about colonization, racism, safe spaces, and what it means to be an ally.” – The Vancouver Arts Review
“This is a one-person show with wings. With Anahita Dehbonehie’s set and costume design to underscore both the jokes and the thematic transitions, this show blows most others out of the water. Rebecca Vandevelde’s lighting design is inventive and creates literal magic with the titular milk.” – Vancouver Presents
“…an eye-opening and unsettling piece of theatre that will challenge one’s perspective on issues such as colonization, marginalization, religion and racism.” – Ottawa Citizen
Take d Milk, Nah? was originally Produced by Pandemic Theatre & b current performing arts, with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille