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Embracing Da Kink


Seven years in the making, Embracing Da Kink is a moving one hour documentary recounting a collective of young women drawn together by one script, one purpose, and one woman: Trey Anthony. Her play, 'Da Kink In My Hair candidly portrays the joy, pain, and strife within black women's lives.

Produced by V-Formations Productions Inc. in Toronto, this captivating look into the making of a groundbreaking play follows the journey of the show from its humble beginnings in 2000 through to its reincarnation as a dazzling television series in 2007. The growth of the play in Embracing Da Kink is paralleled by Anthony’s personal transformation from a dispirited, out of work actor to a television diva. The now hit play, ‘Da Kink in my Hair began its journey as one of the selections in the 2001 Toronto Fringe before receiving overwhelming success at the 2002 New York Fringe Festival as “The Pick of the New York Fringe,” chosen out of 196 productions. It was later asked to return to New York for a special showcase for NBC. ‘Da Kink then played to sold-out audiences at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre in 2005.

As this production gave an entertaining new voice to several hard-hitting issues, Anthony never realized it would attract such a large and diverse audience.

Embracing Da Kink steps back and revels a path of healing and success, not in spite of, but because of the kinks found along the way. A success not without its struggles, this program delves deeper into the dynamics of this sisterhood and tensions between the members of the cast.

"The kink raised us in to women. We started out as twenty-something young kids with just a dream and some foolishness," says Anthony in Embracing Da Kink. As the cast experienced healing and growth, the play was also transformed from a collection of raw monologues to a vibrant new television series, premiering on Global in the fall of 2007.  "The reality is the kink collective is made up of the women, all of us, who have come to this process who said we want to be here. It is every check in, every late rehearsal, and in each individual friendship. The process is so difficult because we are attempting to work professionally, love each other, build a revolution for today and tomorrow, while being as kind and as forgiving to each other as possible. That's why this is so hot and if anything, that tells me we're doing it right." - d'bi.young.anitafrika, Embracing Da Kink.