AFTER THE FIRE
by Matthew MacKenzie
Presented by Alberta Aboriginal Arts
and Punctuate! Theatre
, in association with Native Earth Performing Arts
and The Theatre Centre
January 10-19, 2019 The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street W) @ 8pm
Thursday, Jan 10 — Smudging Ceremony & Opening Night Reception
Friday, Jan 11 — Post-show panel discussion on themes surrounding After The Fire including Environmentalism, the Economy and Indigenous rights — guest panelists to be announced soon!
Tuesday, Jan 15 — Pay-what-you-can performance
”They say the fire’s still burning. Beneath the ground. They say it could stay burning, for years.”
Set in the aftermath of the wildfire that nearly destroyed Fort McMurray in the summer of 2016, After the Fire is a dark comedy centered around two couples whose lives have been deeply affected by this ‘natural’ disaster.
This Indigenous-led, new Canadian work raises vital questions about continued industrial development in Fort McMurray, despite the devastating impact on the environment and the people whose livelihoods rely on it.
«Deceptively simple, the play is deeply spiritual and gives the best medicine possible after tragedy: cosmic comedy and earthly kinship of any who have lost and kept on going.»
— Elder Jo-Ann Saddleback
Last season, MacKenzie’s play Bears sold out in Toronto and across the country, receiving glowing reviews for its unapologetic and imaginative approach to pipeline politics. Bears won two Dora awards for Outstanding Independent Production and Outstanding New Work, co-won the Toronto Theatre Critics’ award for best new Canadian play, and the Carol Bolt National Playwriting Award. After The Fire takes a different approach to examining our addiction to fossil fuels, shining a spotlight on the families caught in the middle of the Canadian cultural paradox of both condemning while intrinsically profiting from the exploitation of our non-renewable resources.
Artistic Producer Christine Sokaymoh Frederick
Director Brendan McMurtry-Howlett
Featuring Sheldon Elter, Jesse Gervais
, Kaitlyn Riordan
and Louise Claire Lambert
Sound Designer Dean Phatcat Musani
Set & Costume Designer Alison Yanota
Stage Manager Natasha Bean-Smith
(Toronto), Erin Voaklander (Alberta)
Production Manager Trent J Crosby
Lighting Designer Kaileigh Krysztofiak
Assistant Director Theresa Cutknife
Associate Stage Manager Eve Saint