May 20 - 30, 2015
Tue - Fri 8pm
Sat 4pm & 8pm | Sun Matinee 3pm
Pay-What-You-Can Weds May 27, 1pm | Half price preview Wed May 20, 8pm
No show May 20, 1pm
Artist Talkback on Thursdays
“Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no shortcuts.”
– Justice Murray Sinclair (Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission)
A chance encounter between Johnny, a Cree woman who grew up in a residential school, and a priest who once taught her brings up old wounds. Wanting to hear the truth from him, she follows Anglican Assistant Bishop George King to his office and confronts him. As Johnny sifts through her memories, the two are hurled back 40 years into their shared past. Celebrated Aboriginal playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing with this heartbreaking and beautifully told story that flashes with moments of his trademark irreverent humour.
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor. Directed by Renae Morriseau. Starring Lisa C. Ravensbergen and Thomas Hauff.
Set and lighting design by Lauchlin Johnston, costumes by Alex Danard, and stage managed by Emma Hammond and Jillian Perry.
A Firehall Arts Centre /Native Earth Performing Arts Co-Production. Part of a national tour that includes performances in Toronto (May 2 – 17).
“Sometimes humour is an entry point into conflict that eases people into that world and then surprises them with the things they are able to confront.” – Lisa C. Ravensbergen talks to NOW Magazine
“What surprised me the most was that I could still find some humour in the story, albeit dark humour. But to me, that most exemplifies the Native community, humour and tragedy walking side-by-side.”
– Drew Hayden Taylor talks to She Does the City
“We all have a responsibility in terms of encouraging healing as a result of this action. It’s not just a First Nations problem. It is a Canadian challenge.” Donna Spencer talks to the Globe and Mail
“convincing and compelling” –BrokenLeg Reviews
“We need to hear the stories Taylor is telling.” – Georgia Straight
“like all good art, it tells truth…. There are moments to laugh and moments to cry” – Mooney on Theatre
“a gripping play” – Torontoist
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and journalist from the Curve Lake First Nation. Some of Drew’s 26 books have been translated into Spanish, Slovenian, Italian and German. His plays have seen over 80 productions. His future projects include a book of Native science fiction short stories, a screenplay based on his highly successful comedy play The Berlin Blues, and the publication of Me Artsy, the continuation in his exploration of various aspects of Native culture that began with Me Funny and Me Sexy. And finding the time to do the laundry.