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The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely ()

Produced by

Crow’s Theatre and Emancipation Arts

Playwright: Ngozi Paul
Director: Zack Russell


Streetcar Crowsnest – The Scotiabank Community Studio


March 28th, 2017 – April 8th, 2017


Ms. Lovely is searching for love. In this hilarious and evocative tale we meet Lovely at different stages in her life as she struggles with her understanding of herself as a Black woman and awakens to her sexual identity as mirrored through popular culture. Personal stories from Lovely’s life interweave with the story of Sarah Baartman (The Venus Hottentot), the historical symbol of the commodification of black women’s sexuality. From the 21st century twerk to the “faux-cul” of the 19th century, we travel a musical landscape using movement, sound, dance and projection while re-examining our relationship with ourselves, our sex and the dark matter that binds us all. Lovely discovers that she has the power to break the cycle and become free, rejecting the image of herself that she’s been buying into, looking for self love and emancipation on her journey. (


Ngozi Paul Performer

Creative Team

Ngozi Paul Playwright
Zack Russell Director
Waleed Abdulhamid Sound Designer
Judith Bowden Set Designer
Erin Gerofsky Associate Set Designer
Roger C. Jeffrey Choreographer
Jeannette Linton Costume Designer
Kaileigh Krysztofiak Lighting Designer


Waleed Abdulhamid Musician
L’Oqenz Musician


Julia Girmenia Associate Producer
Roger C. Jeffrey Associate Producer
Khadijah Salawu Junior Associate Producer