July 5th, 2018

How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Powerful and Touching:

From the creator of ‘da Kink in my Hair comes a tale of immigration, family, and sacrifice

July 13 – August 26, 2018 (Press Opening July 13)


Second in Horizon’s New American Dreams Series, How Black Mothers Say I Love You is a powerful, funny and touching tale of a Jamaican mother and her daughters back home together – laughing, shouting and searching for love. How Black Mothers Say I Love You makes its U.S. premiere at Horizon Theatre Company with an all-star cast and creative team, with performances beginning July 13. Ottawa Tonite says, “Playwright Trey Anthony’s love letter written to those women in her family that had to leave their children behind has both a whimsical and a hard edge to it. This play is good – standing ovation good.  Sweet, touching and funny, ample in its raw emotion, How Black Mothers Say I Love You can’t help but work its way into your heart.” The play is sponsored by the family and friends of Denise McLaughlin in honor of her milestone birthday.   Performances begin July 13 and run through August 26 (press opening on July 13) on the intimate Horizon Theatre stage in Little Five Points/Inman Park.

Hard-working Daphne left her two young daughters in Jamaica for six years to create a better life for them in America. Now thirty years later, proud and private, Daphne is relying on church and her nearby dutiful daughter to face a health crisis. But, when feisty activist Claudette arrives unexpectedly from far away to help out, her arrival stirs up the buried past, family ghosts and the burning desire for unconditional love before it’s too late.   Horizon’s Associate Artist, Thomas W. Jones II (Blackberry Daze at Horizon, former Artistic Director of Jomandi Productions) is at the helm of this production as director, and it features Yvonne Singh, Wendy Fox-Williams, and Horizon favorite Minka Wiltz (‘Da Kink in My Hair at Horizon).

How Black Mothers Say I Love You plays July 13 – August 26. Performances are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. (see details below) at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points/Inman Park (1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA. 30307).  Tickets are $25-$45 and prices increase as performances sell out, so get your tickets early.  Seating is general admission.  Tickets and information are available at horizontheatre.com or 404.584.7450.



Trey Anthony is a visionary creator, motivational speaker and award-winning playwright of international significance, currently based in Atlanta. Her hit play and television series, ‘da kink in my hair has received tremendous critical acclaim and was named one of the top ten plays in Canadian theatrical history and the winner of four NAACP awards. It sold out all of its performances for the Horizon Theatre Company production in 2016, directed by Thomas W. Jones II   Trey is the first African Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network.  Trey is currently adapting her hit play, How Black Mothers Say I Love You into a feature film.  She constantly champions black women through her plays and new business ventures. In 2017, Trey launched her new brand, Black Girl in love, which features the first lifestyle planner/organizer geared at professional black women and also includes merchandise, workshops and retreats. Trey is a sought-after professional speaker and delivers hundreds of keynotes per year, using humor, personal insight and vulnerability.   She is a crowd favorite and is known to receive standing ovations everywhere she goes.  She also delivered a popular TED talk which continues to inspire thousands of people everywhere.  She is a writer for Huffington Post and a contributing writer for the Toronto Star. Trey, has also been featured in numerous magazines and publications and is a popular guest on daytime television in Canada, where she has appeared on City TV, Global Television, CTV, Rogers Television and more.