We are incredibly honoured to have a such an incredibly talented line-up for Weesageechak Begins to Dance 27. This eleven-day festival will bring audiences work from Indigenous playwrights from across the globe.
Included in this lineup is award-winning Cree playwright, author of Café Daughter, and former Native Earth Playwright-in-Residence, Kenneth T. Williams. Williams brings his latest work, In Care, to W27, which he describes as his “response to the crisis we have with the various child and family services organizations across this country.”
Williams has sold encyclopedias door-to-door, been a part-time soldier, drummed in a redneck reggae rock band, tended bar, reported from Parliament Hill and is now the proud caregiver to his hamster, The Grand Duchess Single Malt Whisky. Speaking of whiskey, he prefers Irish to Scotch, Bushmills to Jameson’s, but won’t be fussy if you’re buying. He’s currently the Playwright-in-Residence for University of Saskatchewan and was just named its first Aboriginal Fellow in Creativity. He lives in Saskatoon and is known to write plays on occasion. This is his sixth time at Weesageechak Begins to Dance.
Some bits and bobs about Kenneth T. Williams
What was your first job in theatre?
Acting in a Fringe play.
Describe your ideal writing environment.
A hybrid of my living room attached to my favourite coffee shop.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do? This is not a life for people who merely “want” it.
What ability would you like to steal from another writer?
How words make gooder.
Who would you most like to have dinner with?
With whomever’s covering the bill.
What can audiences expect from W27?
Sexy Indigenous people writing new plays times three.
What’s next for you?
Cleaning the hamster’s cage.
You can catch In Care on Saturday, November 22nd @ 7:30pm with a Weesageechak Begins to Dance 27 Festival Pass. More About Tickets