Skip to main content

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

TORONTO, ON
… 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 www.factorytheatre.ca.
• 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.

Comments

What Else Is Hot This Week?

Jazzy Pop: Shihori - Soul Trip (Independent / 4 September 2020)

Jazzy Pop:
Shihori - Soul Trip
(Independent / 4 September 2020)New York City based singer and songwriter Shihori's new single Soul Trip is atmospheric and ambient. Interesting rhythms and interwoven melodic vocal lines showcase jazzy harmonic progressions in a slow groove mode. 
As a songwriter, she uses electronic effects with impeccable musical taste. As a singer, her flexible vocals range from a sweet soprano to a strong mid-range.A veteran of the Japanese pop scene, Shihori moved to New York City in 2018, a move she talks about in a media release."I was so surprised when I came to NY for the first time. Independent and strong women are respected and there are lots of different preferences in music and style. I thought, 'oh my God! This place really accepts uniqueness and freedom! I didn't know there is a place like this totally different world that allows you to be yourself. Everybody looks so different. So many races, colors, cultures, fashion, ideas...I am so happy…

Recently Released | The smallest Creature: Magic Beans (Independent / 30 September 2020)

Recently Released
The smallest Creature: Magic Beans
(Independent / 30 September 2020)Stream it on SpotifyWith influences from The Beatles to Alice in Chains, The smallest Creature's Magic Beans is an album of alt-rock with an intimate, almost alt-folk feel to it. The lyrics are poetic and integral to the song, lit up with tight chops and accomplished musicality.
Would You Blink has a nice sense of urgency and a driving rhythm, contrasted by October Song, something of an old blues song with a 21st century rock makeover. Their grunge influences come to the fore in Glow, with Let Burn another guitar-heavy rocker. The band goes softer in Break Me, an acoustic song that spotlights Stefanos Marnerides' soft tenor. The smallest Creature hail from Larnaca in Cyprus in the sunny Mediterranean. The smallest Creature is the brainchild of Stefanos Marnerides, with the name starting off as an alias in NYC where Stefanos was performing solo gigs and recording demos. When later Stefanos moved …

Alt Country | Doc Straw & the Scarecrows: Get on By (Independent / July 31, 2020)

Alt Country
Doc Straw & the Scarecrows: Get on By
(Independent / July 31, 2020)Stream it on SpotifyClever lyrics that tell a story and an appealing acoustic bounce give the new single by Doc Straw & the Scarecrows a classic modern folk vibe. The vocal harmonies are pleasing and the words are an upbeat ode to persevering during tough times.
It's a timely message, and Doc talked about it in a release."I wrote this song after getting off of a 3-hour long phone conversation with my sister, Jessica, and a lot of our conversation that evening  centered around some of the tougher things in life and how we were dealing with these struggles. If a person lives long enough then at some point they will experience these trying seasons. I've learned that it's important to pay attention during those times because that is when we have some of the best opportunities to grow."It has a nicely haunting harmonica line and builds to an emotional peak. Virginia based Mike Straw is…

Missing Italy? A Virtual Exhibition Can Help

From a release:Missing Italy? A Virtual Exhibition Can HelpCheck Out The Exhibition OnlineENIT and Italy: A Beautiful Tale, is a three-dimensional online virtual exhibition presenting the origins and development of ENIT (the Italian National Tourist Board) and its fundamental role for more than one hundred years in promoting Italy, as an international tourist destination. Telling our story means presenting part of Italy’s history.
You can visit the exhibition through four sections:Establishment of the National tourist board and its development;A historical selection of posters presenting travel throughout Italy;Editorial pages promoted by the tourist board;A selection of photographs from our archives covering all of the Italian peninsula from north to south.The goal is to let the public about the agency's work in promoting Italy in a digital, interactive display.

Psychedelic Punk Rock | Lord Sonny the Unifier: (All My Friends Live) Underground (Independent / 25 September 2020)

Psychedelic Punk Rock
Lord Sonny the Unifier: (All My Friends Live) Underground
(Independent / 25 September 2020)Stream it on SpotifyLayers of rhythm and percussive piano characterize this earworm track from Brooklyn's Lord Sonny the Unifier. With spooky harmonies and guitar that is all distortion with a psychedelic vibe, it's a compelling single for the time. Sonny builds the track with an almost orchestral sensibility to a big sound finish.
Greg Jiritano, the main impetus behind Lord Sonny, talked about the song in a media release."(All My Friends Live) Underground is a song about iconoclasts and outsiders who find their group of freaks, or Tribe in the shadows and underbelly, outside the conventions of  society. It's a calling to join us and leave behind  what society has embraced as the norms and the acceptable, the well trod path above. Leave the trivialities being thrust upon us since birth and join our Tribe and rediscover there the truths that will enrich you and…