A PAPER CANOE PROJECTS AND CAHOOTS THEATRE PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH NATIVE EARTH
Written by Jani Lauzon
Directed by: Marjorie Chan
Musical Direction & Composition by: Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate
Featuring Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Howard Davis, Richard Greenblatt, Marion Newman, and Aaron M. Wells
September 9-30, 2018
Tues-Sat 8 PM
Sun 2 PM
When William, a modern-day Métis music student, is handed a 1918 opera about Creek/Cherokee Mezzo Soprano Tsianina Redfeather, he learns more than just an aria as he begins to unravel the complex circumstances faced by Indigenous performers past and present. Seen and Unseen worlds collide as Tsianina appears to William, the two learning from each other as he makes a decision about his future as an artist. Combining humour, biography, and contemporary opera, this interdisciplinary work explores the tension between representation, inspiration and cultural appropriation.
I Call myself Princess is inspired by, and features music from, Shanewis: The Robin Woman, the real opera about Tsianina Redfeather composed by her creative partner Charles Wakefield Cadman, an American composer in the early 1900’s who was part of a musical movement using Indigenous music to create a distinct North American musical identity.
Show Run Time: Approximately 120 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Associate Director Keith Barker
Set & Props Designer Christine Urquhart
Costume Designer Snezana Pesic
Lighting Designer Kaitlin Hickey
Sound Designer Marc Meriläinen
Production Manager Suzie Balogh
Stage Manager Laura Baxter
Apprentice Stage Manager Lisa Nasson
Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 2 pm
Sunday, September 9 at 2 pm
Tuesday, September 11 at 8 pm | PWYC
Wednesday, September 12 at 8 pm
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (with TOUCH TOUR at 7 pm)
Friday, September 21 at 8 pm
Thursday, September 27 at 8 pm
Regular | $30
Students, Seniors, Arts Workers | $25
Tuesdays | PWYC
PREVIEW Regular | $20
PREVIEW Students, Seniors, Arts Workers | $15
*All taxes & ticket fees are included.
Paper Canoe Project was founded in 2013 to support the development and production of multidisciplinary projects in theatre, film, and music. Paper Canoe Projects seeks to explore the connection between body memory and creative expression in the development of new works. Learn more here.
Cahoots Theatre is a home for artists from the edge. Working with artists of colour, Deaf artists, queer artists, and other marginalized groups, Cahoots seeks, develops, produces, and presents works that refocus the spotlight, empower artists, and engage diverse communities. Learn more here.
This production is made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.