Theatre Performances - Tales of an Urban Indian
Tales of an Urban Indian
Showtime: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - Sunday, June 3, 2018
Show suitable for: Ages 16+
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Written by: Darrell Dennis | Directed by: Herbie Barnes
Hop on for a one-of-a-kind bus ride you won’t want to miss!
Tales of an Urban Indian is a semi-autobiographical story of Simon Douglas, a contemporary First Nations man raised on the reserve in British Columbia and the streets of downtown Vancouver, and the array of characters that come in and out of Simon Douglas’ life. This dark comedy unfolds on a City of Mississauga MiWay transit bus as makes its way in downtown Mississauga stopping at key points on the journey.
Featuring a tour-de-force performance by Canadian actor, writer, and comedian of Ojibwa descent, Craig Lauzon of Royal Canadian Air Farce, Tales of an Urban Indian examines issues of race, identity and assimilation while offering themes of survival, forgiveness, and ultimately hope. Indigenous playwright Darrell Dennis says, “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…to approach it from a humourous point of view, since humour is perhaps the most important and prevalent survival mechanism in Indigenous society.”
Craig Lauzon (Simon and Others)
Originally from Ottawa, Craig Lauzon is of Ojibwa descent, and now based in Toronto.
Lauzon is well known to television audiences as a comedic actor on AIR FARCE, where he became a regular in 2004. His sendups of Canadian political figures and cultural icons are spot-on and hilarious! Other television credits include Reliving Marilyn, Guilt Free Zone, Fool Canada, The Ron James Show, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and several voices on the animated series Beyblade and feature Beyblade: The Movie.
In addition to his work onscreen, Lauzon is an accomplished stage actor. Recent stage credits include: The Drawer Boy (Theatre Passe Muraille), Trudeau and the FLQ and Trudeau and Levesque (VideoCabaret/Soulpepper), King Lear (National Arts Centre), Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre Network/Theatre Aquarius) and Thunderstick (Persephone Theatre/Western Canada Theatre).
In 1999, Lauzon was nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Award, and latched onto a regular role on The Comedy Network's Chez Carla. He also received a Canadian Comedy Award-nomination for his own one-hour TV special, Ham I Am, for The Comedy Network.
Herbie Barnes (Director)
Herbie Barnes (Anishinaabe from Aundeck Omni Kaning on Manitoulin Island) is known as a dramaturge, working to develop a number of great plays and emerging playwrights. Barnes teaches at Centre for Indigenous Theatre, high schools, private schools, Universities, and various theatre companies.
As a director Herbie Barnes worked across North America, directing large pieces such as The Remember (MTYP), Someday by Drew Hayden Taylor (Native Earth), Dinky (Native Earth) and – of course – Tales of an Urban Indian (Public Theatre NYC, Autry Theatre in L.A.). He has also spent time directing films such as RepREZentin’ in Fort Chip, and as a shadow director and actor with CBC’s The Rez.
Barnes has also played many roles on stage and in film throughout his 20-year career, best known for his role as Joseph in Dance Me Outside. His best-known stage roles include Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, Norval Morrisseau in Copper Thunderbird by Marie Clements (National Arts Theatre) and singing and dancing in Seussical The Musical!
In addition to acting and directing, Herbie Barnes has written for television shows including Buffalo Tracks and Tipi Tales (Treehouse/APTN), a show that also uses his performing talents as a puppeteer and voice talent.
About the Playwright – Darrell Dennis
At the age of 17, Darrell Dennis walked into his first professional audition and walked out with the lead role of Brian Potter on the hit CBC drama Northwood.
For over two decades, Dennis has been at the forefront of Native theatre. His one-man-show, Tales of an Urban Indian, was nominated for two Dora Awards (Best Original Play and Best Performance by an Actor) and produced for multiple tours across North America including the legendary Public Theater in New York City and the Autry Theatre in Los Angeles. Dennis’s feature film adaptation of Tales of an Urban Indian was one of 13 international screenplays accepted into the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab! A TV pilot based on the story was also produced and broadcasted on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network. Dennis also co-wrote and hosted the ground-breaking CBC Radio program Revision Quest, which won the esteemed New York Festival Award.
Dennis is currently a series regular on the Teen Nick/ YTV series Open Heart and the APTN/ HULU series Blackstone. His book Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth About Lies About Indians is available in bookstores and online. He performs stand up in venues all over North America and is developing numerous TV series, a TV movie, a feature film, a web series, and a U.S. radio program.
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