Controlled Damage explores the life of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond and how her act of bravery in a Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946 started a ripple effect that is still felt today. An ordinary woman forced to be extraordinary by an unyielding and racist world, Desmond never gave up — despite the personal cost to her and those who loved her. Andrea Scott’s highly theatrical examination of Desmond and her legacy traces the impact she has had on our culture, but also casts light on the slow progress of the fight for social justice and civil rights in Canada.
News & Reviews
“There’s so much interest in seeing Desmond’s story dramatized that it’s actually a tougher ticket to get than Hamilton.” —Globe & Mail
About the Author
Andrea Scott is an actor, playwright, and producer. After completing a year in the Obsidian Theatre Playwright Unit, her play Eating Pomegranates Naked was accepted into the SummerWorks Festival, where it won the RBC Arts Professional award, was named Outstanding Ensemble, and won for Outstanding Production. Better Angels: A Parable also won the SummerWorks Theatre award for Production and was recognized as Outstanding New Play. Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife won the 2016 Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre prior to a successful SummerWorks run. Andrea has also written Frenemies and Princesses Don’t Grow on Trees, two plays for young audiences. Andrea lives in Toronto.