Season Image of Red Bone Coonhound, featuring the shape of a dog with two heads looking forward and backward.


Feb 07 2023


8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Redbone Coonhound

The Herd

Redbone Coonhound

An Arts Club Silver Commission as part of a rolling world premiere with Tarragon Theatre

and (Montreal)

Written by Amy Lee Lavoie and Omari Newton

Directed by Micheline Chevrier with Kwaku Okyere

February 7 – March 5, 2023

Out for a walk in their West End neighbourhood, Mike and Marissa—an interracial couple—meet a dog with an unfortunate breed name: Redbone Coonhound. This small detail unleashes a cascading debate between them about race and their relationship that manifests as a series of micro-plays, each satirizing contemporary perspectives on modern culture. Through its hard-hitting comedic elements, Redbone Coonhound explores the intricacies of subtle and overt polemics of race, systemic power and privilege in remarkable, surprising and hilarious ways.

A wild and subversive journey back through history and into the future.
Redbone Coonhound reveals deep fears, rage, insecurities and, ultimately, hope.

Creative Team

Amy Lee Lavoie

Omari Newton

Micheline Chevrier

Kwaku Okyere
Associate Director

Jawon Kang
Set Designer

Nalo Soyini Bruce
Costume Designer

Michelle Ramsay
Lighting Designer

Thomas Ryder Payne
Sound Designer

Frank Donato
Projection Designer

Dezmond Arnkvarn

Stephen Drover

Myekah Payne

Daniel Oulton
Stage Manager

Julian Smith
Apprentice Stage Manager


Christopher Allen
Mike, Glib, Tom

Kwesi Ameyaw
Jogger 1, Still, Jimmy, Gerald, Comrade Blackity Black

Lucinda Davis
Jogger 3, Harriet Tubman, Aisha, Comrade Black

Brian Dooley
Jeffery, Dolley, Producer (voice), Dad

Deborah Drakeford
Camille, Jennifer, Mom, Karen

Jesse Dwyre
Jogger 2, Zach, Jordan, Jamal, Roger

Chala Hunter
Marissa, Miss Sue, Alice


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