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AN NAC ENGLISH THEATRE PRODUCTION SIR JOHN A: ACTS OF A GENTRIFIED OJIBWAY REBELLION BY DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR DIRECTED BY JIM MILLAN OCTOBER 3 - 14, 2017

September 21, 2017

AN NAC English Theatre Production  
Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

By Drew Hayden Taylor
Directed by Jim Millan
October 3 - 14, 2017

September 21, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – “Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining and all-Canadian form of social satire.”  Vancouver Sun

Over the past couple of months, the name Sir John A Macdonald and the question of whether he should be revered or vilified have been widely discussed in the media, sparking numerous debates across the country in regards to one of Canada’s most important historical figures.

Commissioned by the NAC English Theatre for Canada’s 150th, award-winning playwright and humorist Drew Hayden Taylor has created a timely new comedy centred on a daring heist that speaks to the question “Is my culture more important than yours?”.

Bobby Rabbit has some unfinished business with Canada’s first prime minister. His grandfather’s medicine bundle lies mouldering in a British museum, taken long ago from him at residential school. So Bobby enlists the help of his rock star wannabe friend Hugh, and a Queen’s University dropout named Anya, to secure a bargaining chip ... and execute a heist so epic in scale none of them may ever see the light of day again.

Filled with humour and sorrow, this bittersweet sesquicentennial story is about finding life’s purpose, knowing when to hang on, and when to let go.

Drew Hayden Taylor knocks it out of the park again with this witty challenge to our moral biases. Can one sacred thing be more sacred than another? Whose lives are more important? Whose bones? – Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director, NAC English Theatre.

Featuring Herbie Barnes, Darrell Dennis, Martin Julien and Katie Ryerson.

Joining Messrs Hayden Taylor and Millan in bringing this show to the stage are: Set and Costume Designer Anna Treusch; Lighting Designer Martin Conboy; Video Designer Nick Bottomley; Composer Moe Berg; Stage Manager Erin Finn; and Apprentice Stage Manager Hilary Nichol.

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion
October 3 - 14
Azrieli Studio (formerly the Studio)

English Theatre:
Previews:
Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4
Opens:
Thursday, October 5

Talkbacks:
Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with cast members of Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion.

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday at 2 pm;

(no performances on Sunday and Monday.)

Tickets:
$32 (previews) $46

Tickets are available:

  • Online on the NAC’s website: www.nac-cna.ca
  • In person at the NAC Box Office at 1 Elgin Street
  • At all Ticketmaster outlets**
  • By telephone 1-888-991-2787**
    **A service charge applies on all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

For groups of 10 or more please contact grp@nac-cna.ca or visit www.nac-cna.ca.

Find out more about the NAC English Theatre on Facebook and YouTube. To discover some fascinating facts about Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion, visit nac-cna.ca/englishtheatre.

The Embassy Suites Hotel is proud to be the Official Hotel Partner for the National Arts Centre English Theatre.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR INTERVIEW REQUESTS, PLEASE CONTACT:

Sean Fitzpatrick
Communications Officer, English Theatre
National Arts Centre
613 947 7000 x389
toll free 866 850 2787 x389
sean.fitzpatrick@nac-cna.ca

 

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