Friday, September 6, 2013

Live Theatre

Please Don't Touch the Indians

Stů:lō Culture Days features free stage reading Sept 28-29

Released by Melanie Wickes, UFV Theatre


he University of the Fraser Valley Theatre department and Stů:lō Nationís Stů:lō Research & Resource Management Centre are pleased to present staged readings of Kwantlen First Nation playwright Joseph Dandurandís play Please Do Not Touch The Indians as part of Culture Days.

Performances are on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2pm at the Stů:lō Resource Centre, 10-7201 Vedder Road in Chilliwack BC.

Please Do Not Touch the Indians begins with two "Hollywood Indians" sitting on a bench in front of a gift shop. Throughout the play, stereotypical tourists, fascinated with these "wooden" figures, pose with them and take their pictures. When the tourists leave the stage, however, Dandurand shows the audience a contrasting world, where the dream world and stories of the characters are revealed. In this world, Sister Coyote, Mister Wolf, and Brother Raven tell their fantastic, moving, satirical, and beautiful stories, showing how they came to be and how contact and colonization changed their lives in painful ways.

"Öthe play reads from beginning to end like a fluid and intemperate dream, moving from past to present, from metaphorical to historical, from symbolism to realism with the same disarming justification as dreamtime and space. Dandurand has so mischievously evoked another dimension that we are caught in its current, trust its momentum, and finally crash against our own obtuse notions of time and memory." From Project Muse.

Everyone is welcome to join us for a dialogue with the actors after the readings. Tickets are free and available at the door.

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