Runs from Thursday January 18 2018 to Saturday January 27 2018

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes


The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Performance Notes

× Bears, by Matthew MacKenzie

A multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, Bears asks what the hell it is we think we're doing in Wild Rose Country.

The prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Pursued by the RCMP, he heads through the Rockies for Burnaby, B.C, along the route of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. By the time he reaches the Pacific, Floyd has experienced changes - his gait widening, his muscles bulging, his sense of smell heightening...

Starring Sheldon Elter, creator and performer of Dora nominated Métis Mutt, Bears features a chorus of contemporary dancers choreographed by seven time Dora Award nominee Monica Dottor.

Few issues facing Canadians are attracting as much attention as the tar sands and the proposed massive expansion of their exploitation. Unapologetically political, Bears was nominated for five Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and won in two categories.

“It’s rare enough to find original theatre that is so definably of this place. Theatre that harnesses the divergent resources of multi-disciplinary artists so creatively to mount an argument is rarer still. You can’t really afford to miss Bears.”

-Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

“I'd never seen a play that speaks to issues facing Canada's Indigenous peoples as effectively as Bears does.”

-Jerry Saddleback, Cree Elder and Dean of Cultural Studies at Maskwacîs College

Starring Sheldon Elter
Featuring Skye Demas, Lara Ebata, Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Zoe Glassman, Alida Kendell, Aimee Rushton, Rebecca Sadowski, Kendra Shorter, Holly Treddenick and Gianna Vacirca.
Written and Directed by Matthew MacKenzie
Associate Direction by Patrick Lundeen
Choreography by Monica Dottor
Sound Design by Noor Dean Musani
Environmental Design by T. Erin Gruber
Stage Management by Erin Voaklander

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