She’s Not Special by Fatuma Adar
She’s Not Special combines musical theatre and comedic storytelling to explore the pressures of Black Excellence. As a Black Muslim Woman (a triple threat!), creator Fatuma Adar is on a mission to free you from the clutches of exceptionalism and teach you how to relish in the joys of mediocrity. Co-directed by Adar (Playback’s Artist to Watch) and Graham Isador (The Beaverton, VICE). Adar’s music has been described by CBC Arts as “…equal parts Bo Burnham stand-up set and Pharrell Williams club jam.”
Premiered in Sketch Showcase: She’s Not Special on March 25.
FATUMA ADAR (she/her) creator/performer/director – is a Somali artist based in Toronto. Her writing has been published in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and the anthology Black Writers Matter. She was listed in Playback Magazine’s 10 to Watch in 2020. Fatuma wrote a song called The Nap Anthem and comedian Bo Burnham said nice things about it.
She’s Not Special premiered at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in February 2022.
GRAHAM ISADOR (he/him) director/dramaturg
BEN ELLIOTT (he/him) music supervisor
ADRIAN HOGAN (he/him) music director
ROYA DELSOL (she/her) videographer
JOE PAGNAN (he/they) set and lighting designer
CHRISTOPHER ROSS-EWART (he/him) sound design consultant
LUCY MCPHEE (she/they) stage manager
DEBORAH LIM 林潔樂 (they/them) production manager
AVERY JEAN BRENNAN (they/them) production assistant
BAAKAL GELETA (he/him) assistant film director
AMANDA ANN-MIN WONG (she/they) sound recordist
THAT GIRL LOLA (she/her) hair stylist