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.


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