by Josh Languedoc
A staged reading produced by Thou Art Here Theatre
Approximate Runtime: 90 Minutes
Location: ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞
Tensions are high. The fur trade is collapsing, settlers are encroaching into the territories of the First Nations, and the newly founded Canadian government is attempting to define itself through law and order. Tribes are suffering from scarcity of food, destroyed hunting grounds, starvation, and the ever-burdensome whiskey. CIVIL BLOOD: A Treaty Story, explores the complex tensions between First Nation Tribes and the European Settlers at the end of the fur trade. Among tension and treaties, two star-crossed lovers, two young people; a Nehiyaw huntress and a scholarly French boy discover a passion for one another. Through the mounting unrest that surrounds them, they seek their own bountiful unity. Josh Languedoc beautifully interprets the texts of Romeo and Juliet, Treaty #6, and his own learnings of traditional stories into a contemporary story. From this spin on familiar stories a modern story emerges and from our collective past, we see the present truth.
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This performance contains references to or themes of death, murder, genocide, weapons, racial slurs, suicide, and excessive alcohol use.
This will be a seated, outdoor, distanced reading with approximately 30-40 people present including the show’s company. We encourage all participants to be masked throughout the event.
This seated script reading will be held outdoors in ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞, and audiences will be invited to join early to ask questions or remain after to reflect on the piece.
Featuring Skylar Campbell, Hunter Cardinal, Brett Dahl, Penny Gullion, Dayna Lea Hoffman, Neil Kuefler, Josh Languedoc, Monica Maddaford, Doug Mertz, Christina Nguyen, Colby Stockdale, Sheldon Stockdale, Luc Tellier, Mark Vetsch, Demaris Walker.
This is a Canadian Actor’s Equity Production under the Festival Policy.
Thou Art Here Theatre would like to acknowledge the territory and people that made this event possible. We gather and work on Amiskwacîwâskahikan in Treaty 6 and Métis Territory. Colonially known as Edmonton, this territory is the traditional and contemporary gathering place of many Indigenous Nations including the Nehiyawak, Niitsitapi, Saulteaux, Metis, Dene, Stoney, and Nakota Sioux. Thou Art Here and its members are beneficiaries of this land and have had the great privilege to learn and grow in this place for many years. We are grateful to this land for all that it provides and grateful to the keepers of this land for protecting it and nurturing it. We are humbled to share stories in this place where resilience is constantly practiced and the stories that emerge from such integrity have been shared for time immemorial. Thou Art Here acknowledges our treaty obligations and we are committed to working together in a process of peace and friendship within our community for justice through Truth and Reconciliation.
The company of Civil Blood extends their thanks to the Cardinal Family, Jo-Ann and Jerry Saddleback, Elder Wilson Bearhead, Lyndon Suntjens, Fort Edmonton Park, Sophia Maher, Laura Nichol, Victoria School of the Arts, Theatre Network, Ellen Chorley, Taylor Chadwick, and Vern Thiessen.
This reading wouldn’t be possible without the amazing work by artists at NextFest 2019 including Braden Price, Mac Ireland, Emma Wilmott, Amro Ahmed, Miko Pelletier, Josh Languedoc, Alyson Dicey, Mark Vetsch, Candice Stollery, Jordan Campion, Tierra Weselake, Mahalia Jamerson, ph(Lin) Hackborn, Sam Jeffery, Kaeley Wiebe, Philip Geller, Zachary Strom, Abigail LaForest, Michelle Robb, Dylan Thomas, and Lili Brunschko.
There were also important contributions made by students in the Advanced Acting Class at Victoria School of the Arts in March 2021 including Amanda Bertrand, Emily Brinco, Gracie Carlaw, Stephen Domshy, Zoey Ekstrom, Summer Fraleigh, Lily Gidych, Morgan Johnson, Carys Jones, Harmela Kassa, Dalianna Melgar, Ashauria Ogonoski, Seun Olupinyo, Mercades Quaife, Camryn Rennie, Lucia Rodriguez-Cavanagh, Gina Santos, Marena Scharle, Megan Strong, Sydney Wright, Selina Yukselir, Taj Zachow.
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