“Does healing have an expiry date?”

March 17-31, 2019
Aki Studio


When Conservative idealist Brendan, a young half white, half Ojibway man is hired by Aboriginal Affairs to discredit a Residential School survivor’s reparation claim, his whole world is turned upside down.

Isitwendam (An Understanding) by Meegwun Fairbrother (from CBC’s Burden of TruthMurdoch Mysteries, APTN’s Mohawk Girls) is the story of a young man in search of a truth, whose journey leads to a discovery about the father he loathed and lost, and an awakening of himself and his generation.

“Both chilling and heart-breaking…A piece of theatre that is full of forgiveness, compassion, understanding, and grace. A terrific piece of theatre.” – Slotkin Letter

A fusion of western and Indigenous storytelling that includes Ancient Indigenous Sign Language, drumming, dance, and song, this powerful, heart-wrenching, yet humorous theatrical production explores various perspectives of atrocity and the steps we all need to take to find Isitwendam.

Isitwendam (Understanding) was workshopped in 2017 at Theatre Northwest as part of their Innovation Series.

Creator & Performer: Meegwun Fairbrother
Co-Creator & Director: Jack Grinhaus
Artistic Collaborator & Producer: Lauren Brotman
Associate Producer & Production Assistant: Sarah Koehn
Lighting Designer: Melissa Joakim
Projections Designer: Andy Moro with Melissa Joakim
Set Designer: Hans Saefkow
Sound Designer: Marc Meriläinen
Movement Collaborator: Carlos Rivera
Stage Manager: Carla Ritchie

Running Time: 75 minutes, plus 15 minute post-show talk back.
Please Note:  Sage will be burnt before the performance.

Photo by Joe Bucci


Sunday March 17  |  2 pm – Preview
Tuesday March 19 (PWYC)  |  8 pm – Preview

Wednesday March 20  |  8 pm – Opening
Thursday March 21  |  8 pm
Friday March 22  |  8 pm
Saturday March 23  |  8 pm
Sunday March 24  |  2 pm

Tuesday March 26 (PYWC)  | 11 am & 8 pm
Wednesday March 27  |  8 pm
Thursday March 28  |  8 pm
Friday March 29  |  8 pm
Saturday March 30  |  8 pm
Sunday March 31  |  2pm


General | $20

Seniors, Students, Arts Workers | $15

General | $25
Seniors, Students, Arts Workers | $20
TUESDAYS (At-the-Door) | Pay-What-You-Can

General | $30
Seniors, Students, Arts Workers | $25

Bound to Create Theatre (B2C) aims to provoke and charge the soul by creating intense, highly theatrical, and visceral productions that explore dark themes, rich texts, and have a modern and social relevance to the world today. B2C is keenly interested in the beauty, boldness, and truth that arises out of the darkness of the human spirit and aims to explore how struggling through the dark side of humanity brings out the greatest light. Learn more here.

Header Illustration by Mariah Meawasige with photo by Michael Kast.