Da Kink in My Hair
Da Kink in My Hair is a play by Trey Anthony, which debuted at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2001. The play's central character is Novelette, the Caribbean Canadian owner of Letty's, a Toronto hair salon. Novelette is forced to confront her goals and ideals in life when she receives news that her onetime boyfriend Cedric, who loaned her the money to open the salon, has died and his daughter Verena is demanding repayment of the loan.
The play subsequently expanded to Theatre Passe-Muraille in 2003, and was nominated for four Dora Awards. Mirvish Productions then underwrote a larger production at the Princess of Wales Theatre in 2005. The show has also been produced at the San Diego Repertory Theatre in San Diego, and at the Hackney Empire in London.
A one-hour television pilot based on the play was produced in 2004 by VisionTV's Cultural Diversity Drama Competition. The pilot starred Sheryl Lee Ralph as Novelette, Shakira Harper as her daughter Michelle, Kim Roberts as Verena, Mimi Kuzyk as Novelette's friend and client Iris, Trey Anthony as Novelette's sister Joy, and Ngozi Paul, James Codrington and Richard Chevolleau as stylists working at Letty's.
A half-hour weekly series adaptation began airing on Global Television Network in the 2007-08 television season. The series cast includes Ordena Stephens, Trey Anthony, Ngozi Paul, Richard Fagon, and Conroy Stewart.
- DeMara, Bruce (2007-12-04), "When doors closed, she hired herself", Toronto Star
- Hebert, James (2005-09-11), "She relied on 'trust and fate,' and a play was born", San Diego Union-Tribune
- Bailey, Pamella (Fall 2007), "’Da Kink takes on the small screen", Sway Magazine
- "ON TV: 'Da Kink in My Hair", Xtra, 2007-10-11