february 2019 | Volume 176
Odessa Shuquaya and Raes Calvert. Photo by Ian Jackson (Epic Photography).
by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver
Arts Club Theatre Company
In partnership with Citadel Theatre and Hardline Productions
BMO Theatre Centre
www.artsclub.com or 604-687-1644
Up next at the Arts Club is Hardline Productions’ Redpatch. The play shares an Indigenous perspective of Canada’s involvement in WW1 through the eyes of a young soldier (Raes Calvert) from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island. Shifting between the soldier’s childhood home and the battlefields of France, this new play uses dance, myth, and mask to tell both a universal and a personal tale.
Close to four thousand Indigenous men and women served in the Canadian Forces during the Great War, an extraordinary number given the limited civil rights accorded to them at the time. Canadian federal policy offered post-war benefits to Indigenous veterans, but many had given up their status in order to enlist and were denied these benefits upon their return to Canada. By the end of the war, several Indigenous soldiers had achieved near legendary status as scouts, trench-raiders, and snipers, drawing on their pre-wartime experience in hunting and wilderness survival.
Playwrights Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver said, “With the hope of drawing attention to this obscure part of our national history, we are extremely proud to contribute Redpatch to Canada’s theatre canon. And we are thrilled that we are able to present a full cast of Indigenous actors for this production. This cast includes representation from the Acadian, Cree, Denesuliné, Kluane, Métis, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Stoney Nakoda nations.”
In 2017, Redpatch garnered five Jessie Award nominations for Hardline Productions, including Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Raes Calvert), Outstanding Direction (Sean Harris Oliver and Raes Calvert), and Outstanding Production of a Play. Hardline Productions is the Arts Club’s 2018–2019 Company in Residence.
“Brilliantly inventive” —The Georgia Straight
Raes Calvert (Half-Blood), Jenny Daigle (Bam-Bam), Taran Kootenhayoo (Howard Thomas), Joel Montgrand(Jonathon), Chelsea Rose (Dickie), Odessa Shuquaya (She Rides Between/Raven/MacGuinty)
Sean Harris Oliver (Director), Pam Johnson (Set Designer), Christopher David Gauthier (Costume Designer), Brad Trenaman (Lighting Designer), Mary Jane Paquette (Sound Designer), Jenn Stewart (Mask Designer), Lois Dawson(Stage Manager), Anthony Liam Kearns (Assistant Stage Manager), Genevieve Fleming (Assistant Director), Owen Hutchinson (Associate Sound Designer)
March 7–31, 2019 (Media opening: March 13)
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
Tue–Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30 PM, and Sat & Sun at 2 PM
ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB
The Arts Club, one of the largest not-for-profit theatre companies in the country, is the principal gathering place for the theatrical arts in British Columbia. Comprising three unique venues across Vancouver, the Arts Club welcomes more than a quarter million guests annually, tours provincially and nationally, and engages students and artists alike through educational and professional programs.
Above all, the Arts Club is dedicated to the advancement of local artists telling stories from around the globe and, in particular, those of our region. From this, we believe that culture expands, an understanding of differences is nurtured, and art bursts forth. The Arts Club was founded in 1964 and is currently led by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran and Executive Director Peter Cathie White.
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