Thursday November 16

by Alanis King

Four nursing home residents on Claypot First Nation are together at the evening of the federal government’s Residential School apology. This triggers a series of flashbacks and truths that have framed their lives until today.

Bury is an ode to the reclamation of the Anishinaabe language, and a celebration of the resilience of those who have lived through the residential school system.

Alanis King is an Odawa playwright, director and producer originally from the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Indian Reserve. She is a former Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts and Saskatchewan Native Theatre. Her playwrighting credits include Morning Becomes Electa, Kokkum’s Good Medicine Journey, Song of Hiawatha: An Anishnaabec Adaption, If Jesus Met Nanabush, and many more. King gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa and GCTC’s Theatre Creator’s Reserve for supporting her new play, Bury.

Learn more about Alanis King here.

Dramaturge Patti Shaughnessy
Company Gordon White, Jani Lauzon, Joelle Peters, Jonathan Fisher, Rose Stella

by Taran Kootenhayoo

White noise is the sound you hear until something real happens.

A comedy about two Canadian families who have dinner together for the first time during the Truth and Reconciliation week, White Noise explores what it means to live in Canada from two different paradigms. How do we deal with internalized racism? Do we keep pushing it away and pretend to live safely in our day-to-day?

Taran Kootenhayoo is a Denesuline and Nakoda Sioux actor and playwright from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta who currently resides in Vancouver, BC. He has written and co-written over 6 plays since graduating from Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen program in 2015. He’s signed with Premiere Talent Management, and a member of Full Circle First Nations Performance. Read more here.

Dramaturge Aaron Jan
Company Brefny Caribou, Brandon Oakes, Cheri Maracle, Danik McAfee, Tyler Sloane, Kaitlynn Tomaselli

by Henrietta Baird

In Partnership with Moogahlin Performing Arts

A young mother travels interstate to work as a dancer, but she finds herself returning back home on her first week of rehearsals in search of her missing husband. Traversing the world of public housing, drugs and threat of losing her kids, The Weekend is an emotional ride of laughter and hope, humanity and accidental friendships, love, loss and family.

Henrietta Baird is a descendant of the Kuku Yalanji and Yidinji people of Far North Queensland who now resides in Sydney. She has performed in many notable productions across Australia, and was among 6 playwrights selected to feature during 2017 Yellamundie Festival at Carriageworks. She also has extensive experience as a cultural educator sharing knowledge of Aboriginal cultural heritage and importance of environmental sustainability. Read more here.

Dramaturge Penny Couchie
Company Cherish Violet Blood

Liza-Mare is a Birripi woman, and a director, actor, teacher, dramaturge and an academic. She is the founding member of Moogahlin Performing Arts and was a workshop director for 2015 and 2017 Yellamundie. Her most recent directing role was for the new Aboriginal play, The Fox and the Freedom Fighters (2015).

Moogahlin aims to create and tell community-based stories, develop a comprehensive youth theatre and produce distinctive, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary performance works. Based out of Redfern, Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. More Moogahlin.

Thursday November 16 @ 7:30 PM | Aki Studio | Tickets $15