TUESDAY OCTOBER 12, 2010 | 16:00 h and 20:00 h
  Native Earth Performing Arts
  All it took was one dead cow to turn a game of Redcoats and Wild Indians into a fight for survival in 19th century Saskatchewan.

Almighty Voice and His Wife had its triumphant debut at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa) 19 years ago and in 2009 Native Earth remounted this new production about the legendary Almighty Voice at Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto). Following the Toronto performances Almighty Voice and His Wife toured to the Origins Festival in London, England. Prismatic is honoured to be bringing this acclaimed production to audiences in Halifax.

Penned by prolific Aboriginal playwright, Daniel David Moses (Coyote City, The Indian Medicine Shows), the first act tells the story of the accidental martyr and how his quest for food – a wild cow that supposedly was on crown land– led to more than a year of running from the Mounties. The second act is a macabre reenactment of how Almighty Voice was demonized and feminized – all done in white face and all taking place in Almighty Voice’s afterlife.

Michael Greyeyes, who recently directed Tomson Highway’s The Journey, now takes the helm of this production with actors Derek Garza (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Penn State Theatre) and Cara Gee Chasing Honey, Public Theater, Native Earth Performing Arts) under his wing.

“We are so incredibly excited to unearth this riveting play about the absurdity of colonialism,” says Artistic Director, Yvette Nolan. “And we’re even more thrilled that after its run at Theatre Passe Muraille, the play tours to Origins Festival in London, England. We are so proud to share with the world the magic in Daniel David Moses’ words.”

Written by Daniel David Moses
Directed by Michael Greyeyes
Featuring Derek Garza and Paula-Jean Prudat
Set and Costume Design by Jackie Chau
Sound Design by Richard Lee
Stage Management by Richard Cliff

Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Native theatre company. Dedicated to creating and producing Native theatre and dance, Native Earth has participated in the development of a community of artists, and in the creation of several Aboriginal classics including The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway, Almighty Voice and His Wife by Daniel David Moses, Someday by Drew Hayden Taylor and Moonlodge by Margo Kane. In 1989, Native Earth instituted an annual development festival of new works called Weesageechak Begins to Dance. Since then, the Weesageechak Festival has helped develop over 90 new dance and theatre works by emerging and established theatre artists, including Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots by Monique Mojica, Wawatay by Penny Gummerson, Annie Mae’s Movement by Yvette Nolan, The Artshow by Alanis King and Tales of an Urban Indian by Darrell Dennis. The company has received 7 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and 27 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations, 2 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Awards and the 1997 James Buller Award for Aboriginal Theatre Excellence.

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