February 22 - March 12, 2023
Sir John A:Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion
By Drew Hayden Taylor
A ‘buddy’ adventure that is part road trip - part grand heist – this story follows two Ojibway men, Bobby Rabbit, and his wannabe rock star friend Hugh, who leave their reserve and head out on the TransCanada highway to right a cultural wrong. To retrieve his grandfather’s medicine pouch from the British museum, Bobby and Hugh will steal precious relics to hold as ransom – Sir John A. MacDonald’s bones. Along the way they pick up, Anja a white student from a prestigious university with opinions on absolutely everything. These three sort historical fact from fiction to chart their own terms for reconciliation. All the while Sir John himself makes appearances to ruminate on legacy and nationhood. First premiering at The National Arts Centre, this is a funny and inquisitive piece of theatre that invites us all to brush off the cobwebs of history with grace, courage and a few laughs along the road.
It is sometimes outrageous but always funny, poignant, entertaining and really makes you think and possibly re-evaluate your perspective on issues. It has all the elements of an outstanding play: perfect dialogue, engaging characters and acting that is second to none.” Ottawa Magazine