by Matthew MacKenzie
Presented by Alberta Aboriginal Arts and Punctuate! Theatre, in association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre.
January 18-27, 2018 The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street W) @ 8pm
Thursday, Jan 18 - Smudging Ceremony & Opening Night Reception
Friday, Jan 19 - Post-Performance Talk-Back with cast and creators
Monday, Jan 22 - Pay-what-you-can performance
Thursday, Jan 25 - Post-performance Panel Discussion on themes surrounding Bears including Environmentalism & Indigenous rights - guest panelists to be announced soon!
Comically Dark. Unapologetically political. A play about pipelines.
The prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Pursued by the RCMP, he heads through the Rockies for Burnaby, B.C, along the route of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. By the time he reaches the Pacific, Floyd has experienced changes - his gait widening, his muscles bulging, his sense of smell heightening...
A multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre from Edmonton, in association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre in Toronto, present the world premiere of BEARS, January 18-27, 2018. Written and directed by Matthew Wishart MacKenzie (SIA, The Particulars, The Other) and starring Metis theatre artist (and former tar sands worker) Sheldon Elter, Bears asks “What the hell is going on in Wild Rose Country?”
Unapologetically political, BEARS gives a voice to the voiceless animals, and vulnerable landscapes, desecrated by the insatiable human desire for industrial expansion, while striving to increase dialogue about the devastating effects on Canada’s First Nations peoples. Originally developed in Edmonton, the sold-out workshop run also garnered five Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nominations, and two wins for Outstanding Score and Outstanding Choreography. Liz Nicholls of the Edmonton Journal reported, “Bears is an Ode to Nature…it’s rare enough to find original theatre that is so definably of this place. Theatre that harnesses the divergent resources of multi-disciplinary artists so creatively to mount an argument is rarer still. You can’t really afford to miss BEARS.”
An Indigenous-led new Canadian play told through dramatic storytelling and choreography, an eight-person chorus, enchanting projections, and an evocative electronic soundscape, BEARS is an emotional, empathetic performance experience.
Starring: Sheldon Elter
Featuring: Skye Demas, Lara Ebata, Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Zoë Claire Glassman, Alida Kendell, Aimee Rushton, Rebecca Sadowski, Kendra Shorter, and Gianna Vacirca.
Written and Directed by: Matthew MacKenzie
Associate Direction: Patrick Lundeen
Stage Management: Erin Voaklander
Choreography: Monica Dottor
Sound Design: Noor Dean Phatcat Musani
Environmental Design: T Erin Gruber
Costume Design: Brianna Kolybaba and Monica Dottor
Producer: Sheiny Satanove
**While in Toronto, the company is also presenting MINOSIS GATHERS HOPE, a play for young audiences by urban Aboriginal Cree-Métis playwright Christine Sokaymoh Frederick. A young Métis girl, Minosis (Cree for kitten) must deal with feelings of abandonment, self-doubt and racism to come to terms with the dilemma of her inner life: an understanding that is vital for all Canadians whose cultures touch, evolve and interweave.
Visit the event page here! Minosis Gathers Hope by Christine Frederick: Toronto Premiere **