How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Sunday November 12, 2023 at 2 pm at The Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver | View Map | Phone

A powerful and moving story of immigration, family, and sacrifice.

Hard-working Daphne left her two young daughters in Jamaica for six years to create a better life for them in America. Now thirty years later, proud and private, Daphne relies on church and her nearby dutiful daughter to face a health crisis. But when feisty queer activist Claudette arrives unexpectedly from far away to help out, her arrival stirs up the buried past, family ghosts, and the burning desire for unconditional love before it’s too late.

How Black Mothers Say I Love You is a raw, compelling look into family dynamics and strife. But it is also a story alive with humour, love, and tenderness as it explores the complicated perceptions of immigrant mothers.

A LAMBDA Literary Award Nominee for LGBTQ Drama from the author of the blockbuster hit ‘Da Kink In My Hair, Trey Anthony.

Running time is 2 hours.


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Written by: Trey Anthony
Directed by: Fay Nass
Assistant Director: Adonis King
Produced by: the frank theatre company (Vancouver)
Co-Producers: Anais West and Maria Zarrillo
Community Engagement Producer: Lili Robinson


Trey Anthony is a visionary creator who uses the unique blend of comedy, theatre, motivational talk, and her own life experiences to inspire and lift up others. She is a professional speaker, lifestyle coach, producer, author, and award-winning playwright, but she’s also “your girl” who tells it how it is. Through art, humour, and the power of a clear message, she’s here to give Black women the no-nonsense tools to take control of their lives and thrive!


“Anthony plumbs this generational trauma to create a story of poignant truth about racism, colonialism, and their effect on the family… Trey Anthony is a national treasure.”

—Dorianne Emmerton, Mooney on Theatre