Meghan Swaby, Christopher Parker, Nadine Roden, Mercedes Morris, Daren A. Herbert, Arlene Duncan & Jeremiah Sparks. Photo: Dahlia Katz
Book, Music & Lyrics By Fatuma Adar
Set in Mogadishu, Somalia and Toronto, Canada in the ‘90s, Dixon Road is a story about being displaced from home, from what you know, from who you are; and how family helps you find your way back.
"I started writing Dixon Road because I wanted to tell the story of a Black Muslim family that goes deeper than a news headline. The journey of Somali resilience is a long road: we had dreams, we've watched them burn, and we sifted through their ashes to find new ones. It's my dream to shine light on our untold stories, and I write this show fuelled by the fact that a show like this does not exist. Musicals have always been an escape, but I hope that one day Dixon Road can be a home for Black folks - where we can feel loved, seen and heard. This one's for us."Fatuma Adar
Originally developed as part of Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit 2017-2018
Recipient of a TAC Playwrights Grant 2018, and an OAC & TAC Workshop Grant 2018
Developed during The Lucky One’s Workshop December 2018
With funding from The Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals, co-commissioned by The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre 2018-2019
Further developed during a writing retreat at the New Baldwins Resort, Windermere, ON – July 2019
The Musical Stage Company produced workshop – August 2019
Shortlisted for the 2019 Playwrights Guild of Canada Tom Hendry Stage West Musical Award
An excerpt from Dixon Road, performed by Nathaniel Demisse. Arranged by Adam Sakiyama.