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BEARS by Matthew MacKenzie

February 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Comically Dark. Unapologetically political. A play about pipelines.
The prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Pursued by the RCMP, he heads through the Rockies for Burnaby, B.C, along the route of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. By the time he reaches the Pacific, Floyd has experienced changes – his gait widening, his muscles bulging, his sense of smell heightening…

Edmonton, AB– A multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre from Edmonton, as part of the Rubaboo Festival, present BEARS, February 1-3, 2018.
Written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie (SIA, The Particulars, The Other) and starring award-winning (and former tar sands worker) Métis theatre artist Sheldon Elter (Métis Mutt), BEARS asks “What the hell is going on in Wild Rose Country?”
Unapologetically political, BEARS gives voice to the voiceless animals, and vulnerable landscapes, desecrated by the insatiable human desire for industrial expansion, while striving to increase dialogue about the devastating effects on Canada’s First Nations peoples. Originally developed in Edmonton, the sold-out workshop run also garnered five Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nominations, and two wins for Outstanding Score and Outstanding Choreography. Liz Nicholls of the Edmonton Journal reported, “BEARS is an Ode to Nature… It’s rare enough to find original theatre that is so definably of this place. Theatre that harnesses the divergent resources of multi-disciplinary artists so creatively to mount an argument is rarer still. You can’t really afford to miss BEARS.”
An Indigenous-led new Canadian play told through dramatic storytelling and choreography, an eight-person chorus, enchanting projections, and an evocative electronic soundscape, BEARS is an emotional, empathetic performance experience.

Starring Sheldon Elter (creator and performer Métis Mutt) • Featuring Skye Demas, Lara Ebata, Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Zoe Glassman, Alida Kendell, Aimee Rushton, Rebecca Sadowski, Kendra Shorter, Holly Treddenick and Gianna Vacirca. • Written and Directed by Matthew MacKenzie • Associate Direction by Patrick Lundeen • Stage Management by Erin Voaklander • Choreography by Monica Dottor • Original Score by Noor Dean Musani • Environmental Design by T. Erin Gruber • Costume Design by Brianna Kolybaba and Monica Dottor
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February 3, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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