Category Archives: Past Productions

Native Earth Presents: Café Daughter

By Kenneth T. Williams
A Gwaandak Theatre Production

January 15-20, 2013

@ The Aki Studio Theatre

Café Daughter is a one-woman show inspired by the life of Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck.  This family friendly show is about a Chinese Canadian Cree girl growing up in rural Saskatchewan.  The story begins in 1957: 10-year old Yvette Wong helps out in her parents’ café.  Her mother has charged her with a secret – to never tell anyone she’s part Cree.  She’s incredibly bright and dreams of becoming a doctor, but is put in the slow learners’ class because of her skin colour.  This occurs at a time when Aboriginal children are forced into residential schools, provincial law forbids Caucasian women from working in Chinese-owned businesses, and Chinese-Canadian men struggle to bring families to Canada.

Don’t miss this twelve-character virtuoso performance by PJ Prudat.

Starring: PJ Prudat
Directed by Yvette Nolan
Set Design: Linda Leon
Lighting Design: Michelle Ramsay
Sound Design: Jona Barr & K. Scott Maynard
Costume Design: Linda Talbot
Stage Management: Richard Cliff
Photo of PJ Prudat by Juan Camio Palacio

Aki Studio Theatre – 585 Dundas St. E. Toronto, ON

East of Parliament Street, inside the Daniels Spectrum building


The show dates/times are:

Tues, Jan 15 8PM PREVIEW
Wed, Jan 16 12:30PM (student matinee) 8PM OPENING
Thurs, Jan 17 8PM
Fri, Jan 18 8PM
Sat, Jan 19 2:30PM, 8PM
Sun, Jan 20 2:30PM

Ticket Prices:

Evening Performances: $20
Matinee: $15
Elders/Group Rate/Arts Workers: $10


Box Office: 1-800-204-0855

Weesageechak 24

Featuring new works by Keith Barker, Angela Loft, Kenneth T. Williams, Darrell Dennis, Clifford Cardinal and participants in the Animikiig and Thundering Voices program.

Native Earth is excited to bring the performing arts community together for our 24th annual Weesageechak Festival. This year’s 5 day festival is being held at Theatre Passe-Muraille (16 Ryerson Ave), October 25th until the 29th, 2011. Native Earth is pleased that our new festival dates provide us with the opportunity to engage with our sister organizations imagineNative and CIT. We also could not wait to present the works of the newly named Animikiig (Ah-knee-mah-key, formerly Young Voices) and Thundering Voices program.

Tues. October 2510-1pm: Artistic Visioning with Denise Bolduc

2-5pm: First Play with Keith Barker and Kenneth T. Williams

Wed. October 2610-1pm: Indigenous Design Round Table with Andy Moro

8pm: Act 1 Hoofs by Angela Loft

Act 2 Huff by Clifford Cardinal

Opening Night Party

Thur. October 27 8pm: Choke– Film by Michelle Latimer

Act 1 This Is How We Ended Up Here by Keith Barker

Act 2 From Nothing both written by Keith Barker

Fri. October 28

8pm: Animikiig– New Playwrights

Thundering Voices– Emerging Playwrights

Sat. October 292pm: Where Have All The Warriors Gone? by Darrell Dennis

8pm: Deserters 111016 by Kenneth T. Williams

Theatre Passe Muraille
16 Ryerson Ave.

October 26-29, 2011
Tickets: 416.504.7529

Weesageechak Festival has been the starting point for numerous renowned writers including Dora-award winning Tara Beagan and Spy Dénommé-Welch. Featuring performances in dance, theatre, music and multi-media, Weesageechak has launched over 150 new works by such artists as Drew Hayden Taylor, Alanis King, Tara Beagan, Darrell Dennis, Marie Clements, Turtle Gals and Tonto’s Nephews.

Of those 150 works, over 50 have gone on to mainstage productions including Dreary and Izzy and Girl Who Loved Her Horses.

Deadline for submissions is June 15th annually. Click here for submission guidelines.

Photo of Craig Lauzon (L), Waawaate Fobister (R) by Keith Barker

from thine eyes

from thine eyes is set in the space between the land of the living and that of the dead, where six characters struggle to find meaning at the end of their lives, as they confront their deepest fears, most cherished memories, and each other.

Sept 22–24, 2011

Choreography by Michael Greyeyes
Written by Yvette Nolan
Composer: Miquelon Rodriguez
Featuring: Michael Caldwell, Luke Garwood, Ceinwen Gobert, Sean Ling, Shannon Litzenberger, Claudia Moore

Photo of  (R) Sean Ling, (C) Claudia Moore , (L) Ceinwen Gobert  by Scarlet O’Neill