WORKSHOP PRESENTATION
SATURDAY, OCT. 26, 2019  at 1:00pm  |  MASSEY THEATRE   
(735 8th Avenue, New Westminster, BC)

SYNOPSIS

 

You used to call me Marie... follows two souls in eight different Metis love stories at eight distinct periods in history. Moving through different lives, we watch Iskwewo (Her), Napew (Him) and Mistatim (Horse) before and after the creation of Treaty 6.  We watch the emergence of the Metis nations across the plains and the robust colonization that arises from the fur trade as well as the emergence of the Metis Association of Alberta during the great depression. Mistatim is created with six dancers and moves through different styles of dance with jigging as the foundation of her movement. Beginning in a creation story and ending in the present, You used to call me Marie... shares this historical epic about the love, the loss and the fight of Treaty 6's Metis women and men.  

Photo credit: Rebecca Roberts Studio

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

 

TAI AMY GRAUMAN

Tai Amy Grauman is Metis, Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta. She is an actor, playwright and an emerging director and producer. Tai received the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for most promising newcomer in 2018. She was the recipient of the 2015 Vancouver Mayor's Emerging Theatre Artist Award, nominated by Margo Kane. This past year Tai has been developing her play, You used to call me Marie… which has had multiple readings and development phases across the country. Savage Society recently produced a two-week workshop of the piece at the Massey Theatre. Tai is also an artistic associate at Savage Society. She is working with Nightswimming on a new play called, My missing Metis women and Axis Theatre where she is developing her show, Where did all the buffalo go….  

 

Selected Acting Credits: Thanks For Giving (Arts Club), The National tour of Weaving Reconciliation (Vancouver Moving Theatre) and Battle of the Birds (Savage Society). 

 

Selected Directing Credits: Pull Fest (Speakeasy Theatre), Assistant Director of The Taming of the Shrew (Bard on the Beach) and Her name was Mary... (Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2017). 

 

Upcoming: Tai will play “Mom” in the Grand Theatre’s production of Honour Beat.  

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