Created/Written by Tara Beagan and the original SummerWorks creative team
Direction by Tara Beagan
Starring Sera-Lys MacArthur
Production Design by Andy Moro
Touring Western Canada in January/February 2014
Rutas Panamericanas Festival March 2014
Full Production @ Aki Studio Theatre March 11th – 16th
Video trailer by Tara Beagan and Andy Moro
“I don’t remember growing up. Not really. I remember school shopping but I don’t remember ever thinking, Wow, my feet are bigger today, better get new shoes!” – Monica Jack (quotation from the play)
May 6, 1978. Monica Jack is thirteen days shy of her thirteenth birthday. Her dad can’t keep the secret of her gift any longer, so proudly presents Monica with a new bike – well… new to her. Sharing in his excitement, Monica rides the bike to show her friend who lives only a few houses up the road. Failing to return for dinner, a makeshift search party finds only her bike, tossed into some bushes at the side of highway 5A. For eighteen years, her family and friends imagine Monica into adulthood. Monica’s remains are discovered by some forestry workers in June of 1995. This play takes place the night before authorities deliver the news to Monica’s family. As they sleep, Monica visits members of her community and gently eases them into dealing with the finality of the news they have dreaded. This is a story of the tragedy of a peoples systemically abused by an uncaring government. In contrast, it is also the story of a community who banded together to ensure their missing child is never forgotten. This play is a plea that it never happens again.
Native Earth’s featured production is the much-acclaimed Quilchena, directed by Artistic Director Tara Beagan. Created by Beagan and the original creative team, Quilchena is a fiercely haunting work inspired by a true story. Production Designer Andy Moro returns with a fearsome videoscape along with the sound and lighting he conceived of in the SummerWorks production where “he seared our eyes and ears.” (NOW Magazine, ’07 Top Ten Theatre Artists of the year.) Actor Sera-Lys McArthur (Where the Blood Mixes, CBC’s Arctic Air, Hard Core Logo II) joins Beagan and Moro as the sole performer, rounding out the all-Indigenous creative team. The work will debut in the community of Quilchena itself, touring the west before returning to the Aki Studio Theatre and Rutas Panamericanas.