Tales of an Urban Indian – Firehall Arts Centre March 2-12, 2005

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Tales of an Urban IndianWritten by and starring
Darrell Dennis

March 2 – 12, 2005 Insightful! Hilarious! Powerful! Tales of an Urban Indian is created by and starring the well known Second City performer and zany host of APTN’s Bingo and a Movie, Darrell Dennis.
 
Darrell Dennis
admits from the outset that he can’t shape-shift, he wasn’t adopted out
and he’s never heard the owl call his name. Taking on the role of
storyteller, Dennis follows the journey of a young man, Simon Douglas,
as he navigates from the rez to the east side of Vancouver and then to
self-respect. The play puts the audience face to face with the reality
and experiences of a native boy raised on a rural reservation,
examining the stereotypes and challenges facing Canada’s aboriginal
peoples.

“Dennis is a writer and performer to keep
your eye on. Sparked by anger but suffused with humanity and humility,
his Tales are worth telling –– and watching.”
  Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine Toronto
“Dennis’ tales are told with unflinching honesty and comedic sparkle…………”
  Kama Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail
“Powerful
tales……storytelling with a generous dollop of stand up……tells a
straightforward, semi autobiographical story with power and honesty.”

Robert Crew, The Toronto Star

Shifting
through more than a dozen characters within the story, Dennis depicts
the remoteness and instability of growing up on a reservation. He
touches on racism, drug abuse and suicide without falling into
melodrama. All the seriousness of the show is tempered with Dennis’s
greatest asset – humour, showing the best way to get through life is to
learn to laugh at yourself.
Performances starting March 2nd are:
Tuesday –– Saturday at 8PM
Wednesday, March 9 at 1PM Matinee –– Pay What You Can
Sunday, March 6 at 2PM matinee

Tickets are $14 – $22 and are available at the Firehall Box Office,
604-689-0926 or online at
www.firehallartscentre.ca

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