Gordon Patrick White

A tale for our times

Cottagers and Indians explores real life events

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Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor will be on stage at North Rustico’s Watermark Theatre this summer with performances from September 8 to September 25.

In Cottagers and Indians, wild rice sparks a battle royale between an Indigenous farmer and a white cottager, whose increasingly bitter dispute becomes a microcosm for reconciliation. Told with warmth and humour, and encompassing issues of community, respect and ownership, it is a tale for our times.    

The play explores the politics and issues surrounding a real life event still occurring in the Kawartha Lakes region of Central Ontario.

Drew Hayden Taylor’s 32nd play is a powerful dramatization of contemporary confrontations taking place between environmentalism and consumerism, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Taylor’s unique style of Indigenous commentary and storytelling has struck a chord with audiences at home and abroad, leading to his considerable success as playwright, author and screenwriter.

Co-directed by Jay Northcott and Robert Tsonos, and starring Jan Rudd and Gordon Patrick White, Watermark Theatre’s production of Cottagers and Indians is timely, considering the ongoing discussions about Truth and Reconciliation and the treatment of Indigenous communities across the country.

“I’m really looking forward to exploring the complexities of Indigenous and settler relationships. What does it take for us to create harmony and understanding through our differences and similarities?” asks director Jay Northcott. They continue, “The power of the play lies in the conversation it can create within this community, this is such a step forward in Watermark’s programming, presenting complex stories and ideas in a very thoughtful and charming way.”

Tickets: ticketwizard.ca, 963-3963

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