Growing up, Nancy believed in magic despite a hand-me-down life in a small town. So it’s no wonder the buzzing excitement of Toronto and its allure of freedom was a likely choice for her new home, the place she finds herself years later selling her body for drugs. Nancy is ... Read more
Growing up, Nancy believed in magic despite a hand-me-down life in a small town. So it’s no wonder the buzzing excitement of Toronto and its allure of freedom was a likely choice for her new home, the place she finds herself years later selling her body for drugs. Nancy is further from freedom than ever under the wings of Sikes, a drug dealer and pimp. When she meets Oliver, a seventeen-year-old who lands at Sikes’s feet after a life of foster care and shelters, the two find unlikely solace in each other. As text messages are exchanged by the instant, and truths are revealed, Nancy and Oliver form an unbreakable bond in order to write a new story together.
A fresh collaboration between Charlotte Corbeil–Coleman and Joseph Jomo Pierre, and in a style that’s part Dickens, part Drake, Twisted samples from Oliver Twist to create a vivid, urban story about disenfranchised youth in Toronto.
Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman is a Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated playwright and winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award, the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award. She graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School and writes for theatre, radio, film, and television. Her writing includes The End of Pretending with Emily Sugerman, Twisted with Joseph Jomo Pierre, Scratch, and Sudden Death. She directed and co-created Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show and wrote for CBC Radio’s Afghanada and for the TV series King. Currently she is developing two new musicals. She lives in Toronto.
Joseph Jomo Pierre
Playwright and actor Joseph Jomo Pierre was born in Trinidad, and raised in Scarborough, Canada where he completed a BFA in acting at York University. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Nigga, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for drama, as well as Beatdown: Three Plays, which includes Born Ready, BeatDown, and Pusha-Man. He lives in Toronto.