Event type: Ages 14+
Written by Keir Cutler
Directed by Paul Hopkins
Performed by John D. Huston
"★★★★★ Gripping, fascinating, . . . CIVILIZED brings to life parts of our past that we are still trying to reconcile." Winnipeg Free Press
CIVILIZED is a new work by Keir Cutler which is playing to rave reviews and features multiple-award-winning, Métis actor, John D. Huston, in a compelling, anti-racist look at the dangers of being “civilized.” CIVILIZED is based on historical reports, writings and speeches during the period of the Laurier government.
In 1907, Dr. Peter Bryce, the Chief Medical Officer of the Departments of the Interior and Indian Affairs, reported that the Indian Residential Schools of Canada were “dangerous to health” with “an almost total lack of ventilation with Indian boys and girls dying in overcrowded, unhygienic schoolrooms and dormitories.” The Canadian government was funding these institutions and clearly had an obligation to ensure they were properly run and safe, yet the government failed to act. Why? Civilized addresses this question by resurrecting a fictional Canadian government bureaucrat from the past who attempts to defend the indefensible.
"CIVILIZED may be one of the most important things you ever see on stage!" - Apt613 review, Ottawa Fringe Festival 2022.
*TRIGGER WARNINGS: themes discussed include violence, (physical, psychological, sexual), racism and xenophobia.
Please read our COVID19 safety protocols here. HEPA filtration throughout the theatre, vaccinated & masked staff, as well as mandatory masks for all audience members, in order to gain admittance to the theatre. There is no food or drink allowed in the theatre at this time.
September 30, 2022 - October 8, 2022
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Cutoff is Saturday, October 1, 2022 4:59 pm EDT unless it sells out earlier.