The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, by Djanet Sears

By Ellipsis Tree Collective


  • Donate $25 and Up

    ...FRUIT... With a minimum donation of $25, you will receive an ETC membership, which includes... · one ticket to the preview performance of our mainstage production · a pre-arranged talk-back with the actors · a post-matinee performance backstage tour · discounts and advance notice of special events · a reduced rate on Black History Month Workshops You will also receive recognition on our website (if desired), a shout-out on Facebook (if desired), and a limited edition ETC pin.

    Donate $100 and Up

    ...BLOSSOM... With a minimum donation of $100, you will receive all benefits above, as well as 2 tickets to an opening night performance during our 2013/2014 season!
  • Donate $250 and Up

    ...BRANCH... With a minimum donation of $250, you will receive all benefits above, as well as exclusive access to a technical rehearsal of The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God!

    Donate $500 and Up

    ...TRUNK... With a minimum donation of $500, you will receive all benefits above, as well as an All Access Pass to the 2013 Black History Month Workshops and Events.
  • Donate $1000 and Up

    ...ROOT... With a minimum donation of $1000, you will receive all benefits above, as well as an exclusive 1 hour one-on-one or 3 hour group session of FROM THE CORE - a "playshop" designed to improve communication and presentation skills through the application of various acting techniques (designed and co-facilitated by a professional Performance Creation Artist, and a Collective Creation Artist with a Masters in Leadership from The University of Calgary).

About the Project

Rich soil, strong roots...

Hello! We are the Ellipsis Tree Collective (ETC) - an Afrocentric performance society dedicated to the professional development and production of creative work by visible minority artists. The only organization of its kind to exist in Alberta!

Founded in 2009 by five local Black female artists, the Collective has been comprised of some of Calgary's most experienced creators, directors and educators. ETC brings a new theatre experience to Calgary, successfully expanding its theatre audiences by presenting rich, dynamic and compelling stories that echo its growing and culturally diverse demographic. We are the dot dot dot of the Calgary community! Those black specks of ink become both the seeds of creation and the ripe fruit of discovery, where all good theatre lives.

Reflecting Calgary's dynamism as a global player in the arts, ETC creates new works and tells stories that have not yet found their way onto the main stages of Calgary professional theatre. We also take pride in our continued efforts to enhance the underserved community of talented, emerging and professional artists of colour by providing opportunities through stage productions, community and youth outreach programs, and audience development.

For more information on the Collective, please visit our website (, join our Facebook page (ETC Theatre), or follow us on Twitter (@ETCTheatre)!

Planting the seeds...

In August 2013, Ellipsis Tree Collective would like to produce the Western Canadian Premiere of The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, written by Canada’s Governor General Award-winning playwright Djanet Sears. Rooted in African oral tradition, Adventures is provocative, powerful, emotional, and tackles some of life’s most difficult questions: What is love? What is faith? Does God exist and where is he amidst the world’s pain and suffering? How can he allow its existence? The story set in “…Negro Creek, an historically accurate and once thriving Black community in Western Ontario, west of Collingwood and east of Owen Sound… examines the lives of the descendants of the members of the Black Militia that were deeded this land nearly two hundred years ago, and their relationship to this parcel of earth, as well as its effect on their approach to living and dying.” (The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God. Sears, Djanet. 2003).

Lorraine ‘Rainey’ Johnson, an African-Canadian doctor living in Negro Creek, is on a journey for salvation. Struggling through grief and sadness over the loss of her daughter, the dissolution of her marriage and surmounting tension with her ailing father, Rainey questions her belief in God and in herself. Though intimate and haunting, the play bubbles with eccentricity and humour via a gang of rebellious seniors, to which Rainey’s father is affiliated, who are on a mission of reclamation, liberating local kitschy Black memorabilia. Historical, yet personal, the play poses the age-old query… “Where is God?” And somewhere along the way, the question is answered.

Watering the garden...

To produce The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, we need...

· $60,000 for professional fees to fifteen Performers, Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager and Designers for six weeks.

· $3000 for play/production rights

· $9000 for venue rental, including box office and technician for three weeks

· $3000 to create Negro Creek

· $3000 for costumes

· $2000 for advertising and promotional materials

· $5000 for administrative support for six weeks

Helping us grow...

There are many ways you can help make this dream a reality! You can start by making a donation through Invest YYC. All money raised will go towards building this production and bringing it to life! You can also donate your time and energy through volunteerism. Have you ever wanted to paint a set? Sew costumes? Now's your chance. Or maybe you'd prefer to usher a performance? All ushers get to see our shows for free! No matter how you choose to support our project, the best offer you can make is through word-of-mouth advertising. Tell your friends, family and coworkers about our show and the campaign on InvestYYC. And if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Ellipsis Tree's Artistic Director, Janelle Cooper, at 403.988.6309 or

The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God has inspired us, and we endeavour to evoke a similar response from our theatre-goers, provoking dialogue and critical discussion about cultural identity and sensitivity, with particular focus on what it means to be Black in Canada. Albeit a reflection of the Black Experience, this play is not only for Black audiences. It is for anyone who has ever felt marginalized and alienated. It is for young to older adults that sympathize with the loss of a loved one and of oneself. It is for those who have diverted off their paths, and struggle to find the way back home. This is a play for everyone, an integral step towards an inclusive community that fosters an awareness of cultural diversity in Calgary.

With fifteen roles to fill, this presentation will stand as the largest AfroCanadian theatrical production in Alberta history. Help us put Calgary on the map as a contending supporter of Black Theatre and Black Arts. It is our hope that this presentation will spark important and stimulating conversation about love versus faith, life and death, race and acceptance. It’s a head-on collision between reality and spirituality. We have something to say, and the conversation starts here. So, let’s starting talking! Be a part of the legacy!

Thank you all so much for your continued support.

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