I find it interesting that the
opinion piece does not identify the production that they claim will be excluding non-black persons from attending. Such requires a little perspective.
From the NAC site.
An NAC presentation of the Obsidian Theatre, Necessary Angel, Canadian Stage production. Curated by Black Theatre Workshop. Twin sisters Anaia and Racine are on a quest for peace. And they are willing to kill for it. She is a God to her twins, Anaia and Racine — a god of vengeance. And...
I had never heard of Black Out nights before, but apparently it is a thing.
Black Out (noun): An event in which the audience is comprised entirely of black-identifying people. See: the Broadway production of Slave Play (2019).
Most of the comment to be found on-line is similar to the Sun piece, but here is a different perspective.
Pundits have labelled the National Arts Centre Black Out event as segregation, but SHIFTER's Kevin Bourne says it's about representation.
And while I often find True North, et al (not that they are an outlet of choice for me) to have a selective focus on reporting, this piece does provide a more comprehensive explanation.
Ottawa’s National Arts Centre says it does not engage in racial segregation after receiving backlash over its announcement of its first “Black Out night” featuring a performance with “an all-Black identifying audience.”
I tried to see what the "screening process" (if any) was for ticket sales, but that nights performance is sold out. There lots of seats available for the other performances.