Friday November 15


Breathing Space
by Yvette Nolan

 “I swear, the sky was almost blue.
I swear, Mod. And the air – well,
I actually can’t recall what the air was like.

That’s a good thing, right?

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. She has written dozens of plays, long and short, some of which are Annie Mae’s Movement, Alaska, The Unplugging, Prophecy, and the libretto Shanawdithit. She loves the short form play.

Kohkum & me
by Zach Running Coyote

A Greyhound Vision Quest through the spirit world, where Jesus is a Native Grandma, David Bowie is an ice covered monster, and the ancestors speak through payphones. Kohkum & me is a virtuosic folk musical performance examining the intersection of faith, identity and culture.

The humour ranges from playful to biting, but this is also a play that tugs at the heartstrings as much as it tickles the ribs.” – Calgary Herald

Zach Running Coyote is a displaced kid with Mi’gmaw ancestors,  actor, playwright and musician based in Calgary, Alberta. He is a graduate of the four-year acting program at Rosebud School of the Arts. He is artist-in-residence at Making Treaty 7, currently developing The Napi Project for production in 2020. He is thrilled to visit Tkaronto to work on his debut work as a writer, Kohkum & me.

A Path of Ghosts and Warriors
by Mark Dieter

On the eve of a historical Land Claim decision, members of a divided community wrestle with the notion of change. The prospect of a huge government payout comes with excitement and talk of its potential impacts. However, this is soon shadowed by a long history of social poverty, band office politics, cronyism, and the complexity of human relationships.

As the events of the past collide with the present, old bones emerge, causing the people of Thunder Hawk First Nation to question the motives of their leadership and their own personal lives. Is money really the solution?

Mark Dieter is a Canadian First Nations playwright, actor, and director with 19 written stage plays to date, 11 of which have been produced. A Path of Ghosts and Warriors takes place in the same community as the previous Equity-produced play RRAP (2005). Mark has also written for radio, and has a screenplay in pre-production development titled Loaded. Currently, Mark is working on thirteen-part 2D motion comic web-series called “Kevin Stone”.

BUNK #7 
by Larry Guno
presented by The Raven Collective

The boys at Edmontion Residential School who are represented in Bunk#7, known as CLUB 13

A true story at Edmonton Residential School in 1959 when the students rioted at the news of the dismissal of their beloved English supervisor, after a boy died running away from the school. The students revolted, and put the building and staff on lock-down until the RCMP intervened.

After four years of development with expected debut as part of Native Earth’s 2005/06 season, The Raven Collective brings back BUNK #7 by the late and great Larry Guno. 

Playwright: Larry Guno
Living Writer: Yvette Nolan (Algonquin)
Director: Marianne Brorup Weston
Dramaturg: Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Performers: Nick Dangeli

Lighting Designer: Eryn Griffith
Sound Designer: Troy Slocum
Acting Coach: Kat MacLean (Métis)
Choreographers & Git Hayetsk Dancers: Mike Dangeli (Nisga’a), Dr. Miqu’el Dangeli (Tsimshian)
Marketing (Northern Native Broadcasting): Mary Bartlett Denton (Tsimishian)
IRSSS Advisor: Dean Wilson (Heiltsuk)
Guno Family Historical Advisors: (Nisga’a) Sadie Parnell O’Doneghey, Laurie Gosnell Mercer, Kym Guno-Good, David Parnell