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The land, the sense of place and displacement, the need to belong, and the pull of home have extra weight and meaning in the Métis version of Stephen Massicotte’s much-travelled World War I romance.
This fluid, lyrical play is a dream, and a nightmare, and a haunting.
Cast & Creative Team
TAI AMY GRAUMAN,
Tai Amy Grauman is Métis, Cree, and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta. Tai received the Métis Nation of Alberta’s award for Outstanding Youth of 2020. She also received the Jessie Richardson Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2018 as well as Vancouver’s Mayor’s Emerging Theatre Artist of 2015, nominated by Margo Kane. Tai is an artistic associate at Savage Society and an associate artist at the Citadel. She is part of Why Not Theatre’s “This Gen” Fellowship. She is working on commissions with Nightswimming Theatre, Axis Theatre, and the Arts Club.
Todd Houseman is a Nehiyo (Cree) mixed-blood actor, improviser, and writer from Edmonton (Amiskwaci) and a recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. From 2009-2017 Todd was a senior performer and instructor with Rapid Fire Theatre. He is the co-creator and star (with Ben Gorodetsky) of Folk Lordz and the co-creator of the play Whiteface (with Lady Vanessa Cardona). Recently, Todd’s play The Children of the Bear was commissioned by Toronto’s Outside the March. At the 2020 Rosie Awards, Todd received the award for Best Albertan Actor.
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Jenna is a mixed-race Director and Dramaturg based in Calgary, on Treaty 7 Territory. She is the founding Artistic Director of Chromatic Theatre; a company dedicated to producing and developing work by and for artists of colour. Jenna is also the Dramaturg for the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. A passionate arts equity advocate, she is a graduate of the NTS Artistic Leadership Residency, the Banff Centre’s Cultural Leadership program, and holds an MA in International Performance Research.
SET, PROPS, AND COSTUME DESIGN
Brianna (she/her) is an emerging set, costume, lighting and projection designer based in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty 6 Territory). She is honoured and humbled to bring her passion for visual storytelling to this beautiful Métis-based play. Select credits include: set design for The Marriage of Figaro (Edmonton Opera); set and costume design for Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (You Are Here/Blarney Productions); costume design for The Drowsy Chaperone and After Juliet (Citadel Young Companies); co-costume design for national tour (2018 & 2019) of Bears (Punctuate! Theatre); and projection design for Lake of The Strangers (Naheyawin/Fringe Theatre). Upcoming: Set design for Cosi Fan Tutte (Edmonton Opera); set and costume design for Macbeth and As You Like It (Freewill Shakespeare Festival).
Patrick (he/him) is a proud halfbreed of Nlaka’pamux (ing-klə-KAP-muhx) and Irish Canadian heritage. He is the General Manager of Concrete Theatre, and a co-contributor to the 35//50 Initiative. Recent works include lighting A Brimful of Asha (Citadel Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Alberta Musical Theatre Company); Triassic Parq (Uniform Theatre); Constellations (Flaming Peanuts); Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre); Pinocchio (Alberta Musical Theatre Company); Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); and co-directing Reckoning (Article 11). pbeagan.com
Dave has composed sound and music for theatre, film, dance, and multi-media for three decades. Previous designs for the Citadel Theatre include A Brimful of Asha, The Tempest, and Vimy. Other designs include Élise contre l’extinction totale (L’UniThéâtre); The Cardiac Shadow (Northern Light Theatre); The Comedy Company (Shadow Theatre); and Constellations (Alberta Theatre Projects). His family opera in English and American Sign Language, Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre) tours in 2021. During this pause, Dave has worked on audio dramas: Guys In Disguise’s Dragula, and Empress of Blandings’ Hardboiled.
Kathleen Nisbet is a fiddle player, singer, and songwriter from Vancouver, BC. Classically trained early on, she has since returned to her Métis roots, pursuing more traditional fiddle music and working in a variety of genres. A collaborator with V’ni Dansi, Métis traditional dance, and Acuhko Simowuk Collective, She is also an active member of Vancouver’s folk scene, performing and touring with her band Viper Central. She has numerous recording credits to her name and is known for her live music productions including the annual East Van Opry.
Michelle is the resident stage manager at the Citadel Theatre and has been privileged to be working with the amazing team here for the last 21 seasons. Some of her favourite past Citadel Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol, Every Brilliant Thing, Ring of Fire, Once, The Silver Arrow, Shakespeare in Love, West Side Story, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, Private Lives, Beauty and the Beast, A Few Good Men, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, August: Osage County, The Forbidden Phoenix, and Sweeney Todd.