February 7-22, 2020
Theatre Passe Muraille

bug follows The Girl as she navigates her way through her intergenerational trauma while being followed by Manidoons*, the physical manifestation of her addictions. Performed and created by Yolanda Bonnell (NOW Magazine’s Artists to Watch 2016), the 2019 Dora-nominated physical performance weaves stories of Indigenous women grappling with their painful past and making tough choices to survive in this country. 

Each performance will have a post-show Q&A.

*Ojibway for bug, insect or worm

FOUR Nominations for the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards
Outstanding Production
Outstanding New Play
Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role
Outstanding Lighting Design

Created & Performed by Yolanda Bonnell (Ojibway-South Asian)
Directer and Producer Cole Alvis (Métis)
Stage Manager Gia Nahmens
Voiceover by Sadie Buck
Movement Coach Aria Evans (Mi’kmaq/Black/settler)
Dramaturg  Yvette Nolan (Algonquin)
Scenography by Jay Havens (Haudenosaunee/Mohawk)
Lighting Design by Michel Charbonneau (Anishinaabe/Mohawk/euro)
Sound Design by Maddie Bautista (Filipino)
Production Manager Deb Lim
Music Composed by DJ Classic Roots (Ojibway/Blackfoot) & Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora)
Stitchers Kino Arcentales & Chelsea Reinders
Set Construction Tim Hill
Associate Producers Lisa Alves & Olivia Shortt
Producing Consultant Kristina Lemieux
Outside Eye / Facilitator: Ashley Bomberry
Knowledge Keeper Pauline Shirt (Plains Cree)

manidoons collective is a circle of artists creating Indigenous performance. Learn more about them here.

Photo by Gilad Cohen

[A] riveting solo show” – NOW Magazine

[A] heart and gut wrenching, powerfully
beautiful piece…an excellent physical performance
– Canadian Theatre Review

Bonnell is particularly captivating…her movement and
speech is simply hypnotizing.Mooney on Theatre


Friday February 7  |  7:30 PM
– Preview
Saturday February 8  |  7:30 PM – Preview
Sunday February  9 |  2:00 PM – Preview, PWYC

Tuesday February 11  |  7:30 PM – Opening
Wednesday February 12 |  7:30 PM – PYWC
Thursday February 13 |  7:30 PM
Friday February 14 |  7:30 PM
Saturday February 15 |  7:30 PM
– Relaxed Performance/ASL
Sunday February 16 |  2:00 PM
– PYWC, Relaxed Performance

Tuesday February 18  |  7:30 PM
Wednesday February 19 |  7:30 PM – PYWC
Thursday February 20 |  7:30 PM – Relaxed Performance/ASL
Friday February 21 |  7:30 PM
Saturday February 22 |  7:30 PM


General Admission | $38
Senior | $33
Arts Worker | $25
Under 30 | $17
PWYC Wednesdays

Header Visual by Mariah Meawasige