The Water Gun Song

Written by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Natasha Mumba

LIVE STREAM: FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 at 7PM EST
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CANADIAN PREMIERE

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In a Canadian premiere event, Young People’s Theatre is thrilled to present a live virtual performance of award-winning Playwright and Break Beat Poet Idris Goodwin’s The Water Gun Song. This insightful short play explores a Black parent navigating a conversation about race with their happy and eager seven-year-old child. YPT’s live streaming is directed by Natasha Mumba (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mirvish), featuring performances by Kevin Hanchard (Orphan Black) and his son Myles. The Water Gun Song is followed by a Q&A facilitated by Kearie Daniel, creator of Woke Mommy Chatter and co-founder of Parents of Black Children.

Written for multi-generational audiences, The Water Gun Song focuses on a parent trying to find the words to explain to their child why a water gun isn’t simply a toy. Through FREE PLAY, launched in partnership with TYA/USA, five of Goodwin’s plays (including The Water Gun Song) have been made available to the public for free in an effort to spark conversations about race relations and provide parents with insight as to how to approach this difficult subject with their children.

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IDRIS GOODWIN, PLAYWRIGHT
Idris Goodwin
Across two decades Idris Goodwin has forged a multi-faceted career as an award-winning playwright, Break Beat poet, director, educator, and organizer. Idris is the newly appointed Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. A catalyst for culture, Goodwin uses his full creative powers to galvanize people to the community square. He is a creative voice for change, impassioned by art for social good. His critically acclaimed plays like And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, and Hype Man: A Break Beat Play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses, and non-traditional spaces alike. He’s been honored to receive developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’Neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, and The Playwrights’ Center. In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co-written with nico wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel. Passionate about cultivating new audiences in the arts, Goodwin served two seasons as Producing Artistic Director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. He actively serves on both the advisory boards of Theatre for Young Audiences USA and Children’s Theatre Foundation Association. www.idrisgoodwin.com. Instagram and Twitter: @idrisgoodwin

NATASHA MUMBA, DIRECTOR
Natasha Mumba
Natasha Mumba was born in Kalulushi, Zambia, but is currently based in Toronto and is a graduate of the acting program at The National Theatre School of Canada. She is a Dora-nominated actress whose selected credits include: Measure for MeasureMuch Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage); The Hound of the BaskervillesHenry VThe Adventures of the Black Girl (Shaw Festival); School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian Theatre); The Untold Story of Robin Hood (The Citadel); The Mountaintop (Theatre Kingston). She also recently stepped into the position of Apprentice Artistic Director at Factory Theatre with the generous support of the Metcalf Foundation. Her directing credits include: Balance (Driftwood Trafalgar); Lady Sunrise – Assistant Director, House – The digital performance – Assistant Director (Factory Theatre).

KEVIN HANCHARD
kevin hanchardBorn in Jamaica, and raised on the mean streets of Mississauga ;), Kevin is best known for his roles as Superintendent Joe Donovan in the breakout series Hudson and Rex, and as Detective Art Bell in the fan favourite series, Orphan Black. No stranger to the theatre, he has performed on a myriad of stages from coast to coast. These include three seasons at the Shaw Festival, two seasons at the Stratford Festival and several successful productions with Canada’s preeminent black theatre company, Obsidian Theatre. His work has garnered him three Dora Mavor Moore nominations (still looking for that win), and two Canadian Screen Award nominations…WITH A WIN in 2017 for his work on the aforementioned Orphan Black. Kevin can be seen playing legendary musician Louis Armstrong in the upcoming feature film The U.S. vs. Billie Holiday starring Andra Day, and directed by Lee Daniels.

MYLES HANCHARD
Myles HanchardBorn and raised on the mean streets of Mississauga, Myles is best known for his role as the life of the party and the focal point of any room he enters. Before the pandemic, he was a typical seven-year-old hockey player/athlete. Now he reads, watches movies and plays video games, when he is not doing his school work online. Two of Myles’ older siblings are taekwondo black belts, and Myles is well on his way achieving that distinction himself. This is also Myles’ acting debut. He is very proud of the fact that he is already likely better than his dad. Big thanks to mommy. You are the glue! Xoxoxo

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