Other People's Heaven: The Viola Desmond Story by Beau Dixon


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Viola Davis Desmond (July 6, 1914-1965) was born in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was an African-
Canadian who ran her own beauty parlor and beauty
college in Halifax. She has been referred to as a
Canadian version of Rosa Parks. Desmond’s story was
one of the most publicized incidents of racial
discrimination in Nova Scotian and Canadian history.

On November 8, 1946, Viola Desmond refused to sit in
the balcony designated exclusively for blacks in a New
Glasgow theatre. Instead she took her seat on the
ground floor where only white people were allowed to
sit. After being forcibly removed from the theatre and
arrested, Desmond was eventually found guilty of not
paying the one-cent difference in tax on the balcony
ticket from the main floor ticket.Keywords: African Canadian History
Acts: 1
Male Roles: 3
Female Roles: 3
Casting Notes
The role of Viola Desmond needs to be performed by a female actor with African Canadian ethnicity. The role of Irene needs to be performed by a Caucasian female actor. If preferred, the male characters can be performed by one male Caucasian actor.