Dreary & Izzy

Western Canada Theatre . Gateway Theatre . Persephone Theatre . Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company |

This work introduced the Indigenous theatrical community to Tara Beagan (and vice versa) when Native Earth premiered it in 2005.
The play was intended to have a Western Canada debut in Alberta, in 2012, but was re-scheduled for early 2013. The possibility of production had to be pulled from the Albertan company, due to differing ideas of professionalism. Beagan was deeply saddened at missing the chance to have this play run in its home province, but was comforted to know she was sparing artists from mistreatment. She was also leavened by the interest of the four current producing companies and the artistic and professional integrity with which they operate.

Strong advocates of Indigenous direction and design on Indigenous plays, Beagan and Moro are honoured to be on the quadri-co-pro D&I team.  The duo who helm ARTICLE 11 were and are continually humbled by the dedication of the emerging Indigenous theatre artists in the cast (Roseanne Supernault, who many know from her film and TV work, Dakota Hebert, and Garret C. Smith), as well as the vet (Sharon Bakker) who guides them gently along their way.

The Play
1975, Lethbridge Alberta. When the Monoghan sisters lose their parents in a car accident, Deirdre remains as the sole caregiver to her older sister, Isabelle. Just as Deirdre is poised to enter university and begin exploring, for the first time, her own future and independence, she must choose how much of her own life she will sacrifice for the love of Isabelle. Deirdre is barely staying afloat under the strain of this reality when hope arrives in the form of gorgeous vacuum cleaner salesman Freddie Seven Horses. Both sisters find in Freddie a new world of unexplored emotions and ideas, where Freddie is a port in a storm.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Written and Directed by Tara Beagan

Dakota Hebert as Deirdre
Roseanne Supernault as Isabelle
Sharon Bakker as Mrs. Harper
Garret C. Smith as Freddie Seven Horses

Set Design: Ross Nichol
Lighting and Sound Design: Andy Moro
Costume Design: Cindy Wiebe
Stage Management: Sarah Wallin
Design Intern: Aaron Shingoose

Upcoming presentations – click for further detail:

Dreary & Izzy at Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC Sept 12-28, 2013

Dreary & Izzy at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC March 5-15, 2014

Dreary & Izzy at Persephone Theatre and Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company in Saskatoon March 26 – Apr. 6, 2014

In Spirit

photo by Juan Camilo Palacio

a Native Earth Performing Arts production |

“I don’t remember growing up. Not really. Do people remember that? Growing? Only when it hurts, maybe.”

Synopsis

Spring, 1979. A young girl is mere days away from celebrating her birthday. Her dad can’t keep the secret of her gift any longer, so proudly presents her with a new bike – well… new to her. Birthday girl and bike take their debut trip along the nearest paved road. Failing to return for dinner, a makeshift search party finds only the bike, tossed into some bushes at the side of the road. For years,  family and friends imagine their missing girl into adulthood. This play is told from the perspective of the missing girl, her own memory returning for the telling, only in shards.

This story is a fictionalized account inspired by all too many true stories. Through the perspective of one lone girl, it is the tragedy of a peoples systemically abused by an uncaring government, made intimate. This play is a plea that it never happens again.

Native Earth’s featured production is the much-acclaimed In Spirit (formerly Quilchena,) directed by former Artistic Director Tara Beagan. Created by Beagan and the original creative team, In Spirit is a fiercely haunting work. Production Designer Andy Moro returns with a fearsome videoscape along with the sound and lighting he conceived of in the SummerWorks production where “he seared our eyes and ears.” (NOW Magazine, ’07 Top Ten Theatre Artists of the year.) Actor Sera-Lys McArthur (Where the Blood Mixes, CBC’s Arctic Air, Hard Core Logo II) joins Beagan and Moro as the sole performer, rounding out the all-Indigenous creative team. The work will debut at the Talking Stick Festival before returning to the Aki Studio Theatre and Rutas Panamericanas.

 

Launched

 

In June of 2013, Andy Moro designed video/projection and installed the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre work The Honouring at Fort York in Toronto. This work is shaped to play in a diverse number of outdoor spaces, with a secondary version available in the event of inclement weather. Robert Kerr, programmer and supervisor of special events at Fort York (and formerly Producer, Executive and Artistic Director of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad) noted the excellence in Moro’s contribution to The Honouring and contacted him regarding the upcoming On Common Ground Festival. Moro has recently founded ARTICLE 11 with Beagan, and proposed a work, to be entitled DECLARATION. Kerr declared it one the the finest works he witnessed that year.