Dates: May 2nd to 17th, 2018
“Back by Popular Demand”
“Staged on a moving bus”
My story is based on memory, so it’s not entirely accurate, or fair. History never is. It’s a story I need to tell, not because it’s extraordinary, but because it’s common, too common, and it’s not told enough. In many ways, it’s a tale about my people, which automatically makes it a tale of survival.
– Simon Douglas, Character
I wanted to tell a story in which an Indigenous character is not defeated by his victimization, but rather, comes to the realization that all human beings possess the power of choice when reacting to their life experience. It was also important, in dealing with the difficult subject matter that we do in this play, to approach it from a humourous point of view, since humour is perhaps the most important and prevalent survival mechanism in Indigenous society.
-Darrell Dennis, Playwright
Tales of an Urban Indian not only captivates the audience with a compelling story, uniquely staged on a moving bus, but allows for the conversation about reconciliation to continue between the indigenous and mainstream populations.
-Ziigwen Mixemong, Director of Education