Written and directed by David Woods
Dwayne Jones- an African Nova Scotian teen and high school basketball star growing up in rural of Guysborough County NS, faces the day-to-day issues of life of a teenager- parental conflict, peer group pressure, teenage angst and also the realities of small town village life. Dwayne is obsessed with basketball and has invested little time or energy in anything else. He is sleepwalking through life with a fuzzy dream of one day being in the NBA. When he is suspended from the basketball team for fighting during an important game, Dwayne’S life quickly spirals out of control. A gifted exchange student from Ghana, West Africa (Nana Sirobe) who is spending a year at his school is assigned to be Dwayne’s math tutor by a teacher who cares about his future. Nana and takes a strong interest in Dwayne and her friendship provides an anchor for Dwayne to examine his own life and face important questions about his life.
Choices In The Skin was commissioned by the Black Educator’s Association and made its debut at that organization’s 1998 Career Jam Conference in Kentville NS. A second production of the play toured Nova in 2002.