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Tomson Highway's The Rez Sisters Returns to Toronto's Factory Theatre After 25 Years

From a media release:

TOMSON HIGHWAY’S 1986 hit, THE REZ SISTERS, returns to factory AFTER 25 YEARS!
November 5 - December 11, 2011

… Factory Theatre Artistic Director Ken Gass (Bethune Imagined, Featuring Loretta, Belle, The Leisure Society, fareWel, Tiger of Malaya) directs Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters, opening November 10 in the Mainspace Theatre, with previews on November 5, 6, 8 and 9, and closing on December 11, 2011. Nominated for both the Chalmers and Governor General’s Awards and winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play, The Rez Sisters celebrates its 25th anniversary and remains one of the most iconic pieces in the Canadian theatre canon. The Rez Sisters premiered as a production by Native Earth Performing Arts on November 26, 1986, capturing the country’s imagination and establishing Highway as one of Canada’s most important artists. Factory Theatre presented the Native Earth production the following season. The play has since been produced in theatres all over the world to wide critical acclaim. TD Bank Financial Group is the Production Sponsor of The Rez Sisters.

“Audiences can look forward to seeing this exuberant Canadian classic in a brand new production starring a powerhouse group of performers,” says Gass. “Told with humour and passion, The Rez Sisters is a universal story of marginalized women struggling to find their next foothold.” In The Rez Sisters, seven women all dream of winning ‘The Biggest Bingo in the World.’  They band together to raise money toward their trip to Toronto – to change their luck and their lives.

Gass has cast Cara Gee (Dependent Theatre Projects’ Stitch; Necessary Angel’s Tout Comme Elle; Birdtown and Swanville’s 36 Plays About Hopeless Girls; Resurgence Theatre Company’s Love’s Labour’s Lost) as “Zhaboonigan,” Kyra Harper (Factory Theatre’s Missing; Mirvish’s Calendar Girls; Necessary Angel’s Tout Comme Elle; Carthorse Theatre’s Vincent River) as “Philomena Moosetail,” Djennie Laguerre (Infinite Theatre’s Seventeen Women, Theatre Francais de Toronto’s Les Contes Urbains, Les Noirs Sont Heureux, and Grimm Grimm; The Red Carpet’s For Colored Girls) as “Annie Cook,” Jani Lauzon (Necessary Angel’s Tout Comme Elle; Canadian Stage’s Romeo and Juliet; National Arts Centre’s Mother Courage and A Christmas Carol; Native Earth Performing Arts/ National Arts Centre’s Death of a Chief) as “Palijia Patchnose,” Billy Merasty (Factory Theatre’s fareWel; Western Canada Theatre’s Where The Blood Mixes; National Arts Centre’s Copper Thunderbird) as “Nanabush”, Pamela Sinha (Factory Theatre’s Brothel #9; Necessary Angel’s Tout Comme Elle) as “Marie-Adele Starblanket,” Michaela Washburn (Theatre Passe Muraille’s Such Creatures; Native Earth Performing Arts/National Arts Centre’s Death of a Chief; Theatre North West’s The Rez Sisters) as “Emily Dictionary” and Jean Yoon (Necessary Angel’s Tout Comme Elle; Crow’s Theatre’s Godzilla Grandmother; Theatre Passe Muraille’s Yoko Ono Project) as “Veronique St. Pierre.”

Joining Ken Gass on the creative team is Set Designer Gillian Gallow, Costume Designer Robin Fisher, Lighting Designer André du Toit, Sound Designer/Composer Wayne Kelso, Assistant Set Designer Anna Treusch and Assistant Director Pamela Matthews. The Stage Manager is Sherry Roher and the Apprentice Stage Manager is Samantha Aylsworth. 

The Rez Sisters
• Performances are Tuesday – Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., November 5 – December 11, 2011, with the exception of the Sunday, November 6 preview at 7 p.m.
• Each show is 120 minutes in length, with an intermission.
• For $20 - $45 single tickets, call the box office at (416) 504-9971 or visit in person during box office hours at 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, or go online 24/7 at
• Promotions include RUSH, student, senior and group rates.
• The radio sponsor of The Rez Sisters is The New Classical 96.3FM.

Factory Theatre’s 2011/12 season, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, is its 42nd season of contemporary Canadian plays: Ronnie Burkett’s Penny Plain, opening Tuesday, January 24 (January 20 – February 26; previews January 20, 21 and 22); Anosh Irani’s My Granny the Goldfish, opening Thursday, March 22 (March 17 – April 15; previews March 17, 18, 20 and 21); and, Performance Spring 2012 shows - Robert Chafe’s Oil and Water, opening Wednesday, April 18 (April 18 – May 6) and Itai Erdal’s How to Disappear Completely, opening Tuesday, May 8 (May 8 – 13). Season 2011/12 subscriptions range from $90 to $175, with single tickets $20 - $55.


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