DIXON ROAD tells the story of a family of Somalis who immigrate to Canada in 1991 as the civil war begins to tear their homeland apart. They settle in Dixon Road, in an area near Pearson airport that is still the heart of Toronto’s Somali community today. A musical about family, displacement, and what it means to grow up between two worlds. DIXON ROAD was originally developed as part of Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, and had its first public reading of the first act in December 2018. A reading of the full first draft was heard at the Young Centre this past August.
book, music & lyrics by
musical arrangements and direction by
The workshop took place in late August, 2019 following a writing retreat and featuring the incredible Canadian talents of Meghan Swaby, Christopher Parker, Nadine Roden, Mercedes Morris, Daren A. Herbert, Arlene Duncan & Jeremiah Sparks.
Photos for the workshop below:
Commissioned with funding by the Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals