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word!sound!powah! ()

Produced by

Tarragon Theatre

Playwright: d’bi.young anitafrika

Performed in repertory with blood.claat and benu


Tarragon Theatre – Extra Space


October 22nd, 2011 – December 4th, 2011


In word!sound!powah! young dub poet Benu Sankofa is swept up in the violence of the infamous 1980 national election in Jamaica. The country is on the cusp of a political coup, and in the heat of the struggle between young radicals and the establishment, Benu is arrested. She finds strength in her maternal ancestors to fight for the freedom she believes in. (


d’bi.young anitafrika Performer

Creative Team

d’bi.young anitafrika Playwright
Camellia Koo Set Designer
Camellia Koo Costume Designer
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Waleed Abdulhamid Musical Director


Jeff Burke Musician
Kurt Huggins Musician
Laurence Stevenson Musician


Kristen Kitcher Trilogy Production Manager
Cassy Walker Script Coordinator
Che Kothari Photographer (cover)
Cylla von Tiedemann Photographer (production)
Nick Rose Assistant Head Carpenter
Lindsay Woelfle Carpentry Crew
Wade Noble Carpentry Crew
Kai Masaoka Carpentry Crew
Radoslav Smaczny Carpentry Crew
Rebecca Vandevelde Lighting Crew
David DeGrow Lighting Crew
Verne Good Lighting Crew
Tim Lindsay Lighting Crew
Nick Davidson Lighting Crew
Joey Morin Lighting Crew
Vanessa Janiszewski Props Assistant


John Thomson Extraspace Technician
Paul Fujimoto-Pihl Technical Director
Tom Baranski Head Carpenter
Michelle Bailey Head of Wardrobe
Eleanor Antoncic Interim Production Manager
Lokki Ma Head of Properties