Bermudian actor Daren A. Herbert recently co-won the award for ‘Best Lead Performance In A Play’ for his portrayal of Lucius Jenkins in ‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train’ during a virtual Toronto Theatre Critics Awards ceremony.
A NOW story said, “Actor Daren A. Herbert implored the theatre world to stay awake, and a teary-eyed Jully Black thanked her domestic worker mother. These were just a couple of highlights from last night’s two-hour Toronto Theatre Critics Awards’ virtual ceremony.
“Herbert, co-winner of the TTCA for best lead performance in a play for Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train, acknowledged the recent conversations and changes in the Canadian theatre scene, using the metaphor of being awake.
“I don’t want to go back to sleep,” he said. “I don’t want things to go back to the way they were. Things have changed a lot. Things needed and need to change a lot. In theatre. In the world around us. In this city. I need to wake up. And I need y’all to wake up too.”
“Herbert mentioned yesterday’s news story about a plane flying a banner with White Lives Matter over a soccer game in England.
“We are awake and the people who oppose what we’re trying to do – which is to have a better world, I think and I hope, at least that’s what I’m working on – are awake,” said Herbert. “And everybody’s making themselves heard. I think we need to continue that. I think we’re behind in this particular field, and we have a lot of work to do. Some of it painful. Theatre companies, artists in general – we can’t go back to sleep.”