For our first Mskomini Giizis Residency, we welcomed playwright Daniel David Moses and his hybrid performing and educational arts organization, ARTS&SCIENCE, which Moses founded with Colin Taylor.
During this residency, ARTS&SCIENCE developed Moses’s play Crazy Dave Goes to Town which tells the story of the family of renowned Indigenous author Basil Johnston. Through the stories of Johnston’s Uncle Dave and his grandmother, Rosa, we are given and engrossing, moving portrait of life on the reservation. Crazy Dave was previously developed at the 27th Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival.
Basil Johnston is considered one of North America’s most renowned Indigenous authors and storytellers. He authored a dozen books, including The Manitous and Indian School Days.
Here’s a sneak on what happened at Mskomini Giizis Residency!
Playwright Daniel David Moses
Director Colin Taylor
Movement Director Dean Gilmour
Lighting & Set Designer Michel Charbonneau
Ojibwe Translator Jeremy Proulx
Production Stage Manager Christina Cicko
Stage Manager Gerry Egan
Featuring Cathy Elliott, Brandon Oakes, Jeremy Proulx, Garret C. Smith, and Michelle Thrush
Photo by Colin Taylor