God and the Indian

April 7 to 20, 2013
Previews April 7 to 9
8pm Tuesdays through Fridays
5pm & 9pm Saturdays
2pm Sunday matinees
1pm Wednesday matinee

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“This play works. It is convincing and compelling on many levels.” -BrokenLeg Reviews

Award-winning playwright Drew Hayden Taylor explores the aftermath of a life in residential schools.  While pan-handling in front of a Tim Horton’s, Johnny, a Cree woman, is shocked to see a face she recognizes from her childhood spent at a residential school.   Wanting to hear the truth of what happened from his lips, she follows Anglican Assistant Bishop George King to his office and confront him.  As Johnny sifts through her memories, the two are hurled back 40 years into their shared past at St. David’s School.

With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission working to find truth, healing and reconciliation for those affected by the residential schools and for Canadians as a whole, God and the Indian, will leave you asking: How can these wounds be healed? How do we build a new relationship of trust?

During the last twenty-five years of his life, Drew Hayden Taylor has done many things, most of which he is proud of. An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, he has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. He has been an award-winning playwright (with over 70 productions of his work), a journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience. Most notably, he wrote and directed REDSKINS, TRICKSTERS AND PUPPY STEW, a documentary on Native humour for the National Film Board of Canada.

Oddly enough, the thing his mother was most proud of was his ability to make spaghetti from scratch.

Starring Tantoo Cardinal & Michael Kopsa

A Firehall Arts Centre Production
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Directed by Renae Morriseau

Set and Lighting Design | Lauchlin Johnson
Costume Design |  Alex Danard
Artistic Direction | Donna Spencer
Stage Management | Robin Richardson