For the month of July I will be participating as an actor in Daniel David Moses's adaptation of the late Basil Johnston's book/memoir 'Crazy Dave'. The play adaptation is titled 'Crazy Dave Goes To Town' and will be directed by Colin Taylor. The actors performing in the play will be myself, Michelle Thrush, Cathy Elliott, Brandon Oakes and Garrett Smith.
The play hits home a very personal level because of the simple fact that the entire story centers on the actual First Nation community and people in which I grew up, Neyaashiinigmiing (formerly known as Cape Croker Reserve).
My grandmother Kay personally knew of the man many people on the rez used to call "Crazy Dave" and has her own personal connection through stories of her own about him. Many of the actual events written in Basil's book which transpired in my community of Neyaashiinigmiing, including in the small town of Wiarton located 30 minutes away from the rez, will be featured in the play. That being said, I am quite excited to delve into this 4-week workshop and bring life to the many colourful characters in the story that are based on actual people from my community, a few whom I actually knew!
A public staged reading will be performed on Sunday, July 30th at the Aki Studio Theatre in the Artscape Daniels Spectrum Building located in downtown Toronto in the heart of Regent Park. Mark the performance date down in your calendars!! It's a 1 night only event. Later in 2018, the play will be fully produced as part of Native Earth Performing Arts 2017/18 season.
I encourage you to continue visiting this blog section of my website for further developments including my experience in rehearsals as well as the progress of bringing this funny play to life onstage with a very talented group of artists and storytellers!
Won't you come along on this creative journey with me?