The debut play by Tobique First Nation artist Samaqani Cocahq-Natalie Sappier will stop in Fredericton for a performance in advance of a three-show run at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa later this week.
Theatre New Brunswick’s 2018 production Finding Wolastoq Voice has continued to gain momentum since its debut at the Open Space Theatre in March of 2018.
A unique dance/theatre hybrid, Finding Wolastoq Voice marked Sappier’s first time writing for the stage. The debut production featuring Toronto-based dancer Aria Evans ran March 8-18 in Fredericton before touring the province, ending with three performances at Toronto’s Native Earth Performing Arts.
Since its initial run, Finding Wolastoq Voice has been included in the recent season at Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg and last week, received performances at Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.
In April 2019, Finding Wolastoq Voice was announced as part of the National Arts Centre’s inaugural Indigenous Theatre series along with several other indigenous performers and productions from across Canada.
In the lead-up to these performances in Ottawa (September 21-23), the production will receive a one-time Fredericton performance which will take place on Tuesday September 17 at the Chief Harold Sappier Memorial Elementary School at St. Mary’s First Nation. The show is open to the public and admission is by donation.