Living Arts Centre

Cottagers & Indians

Showtime: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - Friday, November 2, 2018

Location: RBC Theatre

Show suitable for: Adult Audience


   Date Time Price  
Cottagers and Indians (Thurs) November 1, 2018 07:30 pm $35.00 - $45.00

Cottagers and Indians: Dinner & Show Package (Thurs)

November 1, 2018 05:00 pm $68.25 - $78.25
Cottagers and Indians (Fri) November 2, 2018 07:30 pm $35.00 - $45.00
Cottagers and Indians: Dinner & Show Package (Fri) November 2, 2018 05:00 pm $68.25 - $78.25  

The Tarragon Theatre production of Cottagers and Indians
Playwright by Drew Hayden Taylor
Remount directed by Melody Johnson
Originally directed by Patti Shaughnessy


It’s been said that everything is political, from where you come from to what you eat and where you spend your recreational time.

Arthur Copper, of the Anishinaabe First Nation and Maureen Poole of North York both feel like the other has infringed on their land. But unlike most petty fights over land, this one pokes holes in the very concept of private land ownership: who remains the rightful caretakers of Canadian land?

Cottagers and Indians tells the story of an unravelling neighbourly feud with a significant twist, epitomizing the unfortunate differences between cultures, economic status, and people. The play is based on media reports which surfaced in 2015, describing a years-long dispute between cottage owners on Pigeon Lake and a rice farmer named James Whetung. 

Award-winning playwright Drew Hayden Taylor exposes the absurdity that comes from these kinds of arguments, and touches on the severity of its historical implications. Cottagers and Indians gives audiences a sincere and pragmatic look at the current conflicts between First Nations’ traditional water usage and property owners in cottage country who are looking to enjoy an undisturbed summer getaway.

Herbie Barnes
Brooke Johnson
Set Design, Robin Fisher
Costume Design, Sage Paul
Lighting Design, Nick Andison
Sound Design, Beau Dixon
Stage Manager, Kate Redding

Run time: 80 minutes. No intermission *subject to change.


Be sure to check out Drew Hayden Taylor's novel, Cottagers and Indians, when it comes out April 2019!


This touring production has been made possible by the Ontario Arts Council – Theatre Connects programme. 



“I laughed out loud”, “If you like the jokes in Come From Away, then look into Cottagers and Indians.” 

– The Globe and Mail


“Full of mischievous good humour”, “Sincere and amusing” 

– Mooney on Theatre


“Light and entertaining” 

– NOW Magazine


“Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining and all-Canadian form of social satire.”

 – Vancouver Sun


Drew Hayden Taylor
Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, journalist, novelist and filmmaker. Born, raised and living on the Curve Lake First Nation, Drew had done practically everything from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. to serving as Artistic Director for Canada’s premiere Native Theatre Company, Native Earth Performing Arts. Currently, he is working on his 31st book, and just last month, CBC Docs POV aired a documentary he directed and co-wrote, “Searching For Winnitou”, about the German preoccupation with Indigenous people. 


Herbie Barnes
Herbie Barnes (Anishinaabe from Aundeck Omni Kaning on Manitoulin Island) has played many roles throughout his twenty year career, both on stage and on film but may best be known for his role of Joseph in the film Dance Me Outside and on the CBC series The Rez. Some of Herbie’s best-known stage roles include Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, or as Norval Morrisseau in Copper Thunderbird by Marie Clements (National Arts Centre) or singing and dancing as a Wickersham Brother in Seussical The Musical.

As a director he’s worked across North America, directing large pieces such as The Remember (MTYP) and Someday by Drew Hayden Taylor (Native Earth) to one man shows such as Tales Of An Urban Indian (Public Theatre NYC, Autry Theatre in Los Angelos, CA) and Dinky (Native Earth). Herbie spent time directing such films as ReprREZentin’ in Fort Chip and also as a shadow director with The Rez (CBC).

Herbie’s Play Russell’s World was honoured to be the first play ever to be asked to the Magnetic North Festival without premiering elsewhere. While not know as a writer for stage he is better known as a dramaturge working to develop a number of great plays and emerging playwrights. 


Brooke Johnson

At Tarragon, Brooke had roles in the original productions of Joan MacLeod's 'Toronto, Mississippi' and 'Amigo's Blue Guitar' as well as in Susan Coyne's 'Alice's Affair'.

She premiered her own solo play, 'Trudeau Stories' in Tarragon’s Mainspace for the 2007 Summerworks Fest. Brooke continues to tour her autobiographical show across Canada, and has played to well over 20,000 people to date--(and has stopped at several of the venues on the C&I tour).

She's been given four awards for her film and Television work, and has four Dora nominations (the first was for Toronto, Mississippi).

From June to mid October, Brooke lives on a trawler in Northeastern Georgian Bay between the Magnetawan & Henvey First Nations in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory on the traditional land of the Atikameksheng Anishnaabeg.



Join us early and complete your Living Arts Centre experience with our Pre-Show Dinner Buffet at LIVE Restaurant! LIVE Restaurant offers you an enjoyable experience with great food and great ambience.

Doors open at 5:00pm
For reservations, please call 905-306-6116

*Expected runtime is 80 minutes without an intermission (subject to change)
*For Groups, please call 905.306.6000


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