Friday, January 4, 2013
A Modern Day Tragedy
Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout comes to UFV Jan 9 - 26
Submitted by Rick Mawson, UFV Theatre
he second production of the University of The Fraser Valley Theatre department's 2012/13 season will be the bittersweet tragicomedy Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, by award winning First Nations playwright Tomson Highway.
Back row left to right: Lisa Apps, Mandy Dyck. Front Row: Geneva Perkins, Phyadra -Rae Gagnon
In Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout we spend time with four women of the Shuswap, Okanagan and Thompson First Nations as they prepare a banquet for the arrival of Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1910.
Everything must be perfect for the visit: the Saskatoon pies, the stuffed beaver, and Ernestine Shuswap's famous trout. In this production, the 100 years (from first contact with the First Nations people to the time of Sir Laurier's arrival) are condensed into the time frame of one day.
As the day progresses, the women move through a world in transition, as new laws, imposed by the European settlers, create a dreadful chasm between the two communities.
This will be the second play by Highway produced by the department, the first being the popular The Rez Sisters, during January 2000.
© Copyright (c) 2012 The Valley Voice