Civil Blood: A Treaty Story


Which path will you follow in the historically authentic 1876 Amiskwaciwâskahikan fort (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ ). Tensions are high. The fur trade is collapsing, settlers are encroaching into the territories of the First Nations, and the newly founded Canadian government is attempting to define itself through law and order. Tribes are suffering from scarcity of food, destroyed hunting grounds, starvation, and the ever-burdensome whiskey. Follow Ekah, a nehiyaw huntress or Lily, an European idealist in this immersive contemporary tale inspired by the signing of Treaty #6, the love story of Romeo and Juliet, and the lessons learned about what it means to be treaty people. See the present truth by discovering our collective past.

Thou Art Here is thrilled to be producing the world premiere of Civil Blood: A Treaty Story co-presented by Common Ground Arts with support from Fort Edmonton Park. Originally developed at the Truth and Reconciliation through Theatre workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2016, the play has gone through development process with support from Theatre Network's Nextfest, Common Ground Arts' Found Festival, Flying Canoe Volant, and the Dreamspeakers' Rubaboo Festival. This incredibly ambitious and immersive production reaches across generations and cultures.

Playwright: Josh Languedoc

Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Cultural Consultants: Wilson Bearhead, MJ Belcourt, Hunter Cardinal, Jacquelin Cardinal, Lewis Cardinal, Jerry Saddleback, Jo-Ann Saddleback, Nicholle Weasel Traveller, Ron Walker

Co-Directors: Mark Vetsch & Neil Kuefler

Choreographer: Rebecca Sadowski

Fight Director: Nathan Loitz

Cast: Emily Berard, Rebecca Bissonnette, Maria Buffalo, Ivy DeGagné, Doug Mertz*, Christina Nguyen*, Cody Porter*, Elena Porter*, Gabriel Richardson*, Colby Stockdale, and Dylan Thomas-Bouchier*

*The participation of this Artist (these Artists) is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT).

Stage Management: Andrea Murphy, Isabelle Martinez

Community Gathering Coordinator: Danielle LaRose

Producer: Monica Gate

Emerging Artist Producer: Katelyn Cabalo

Andrew Ritchie (he/him)

This performance will have two audience tracks. When you arrive you will have to decide between Track A and Track B.

Track A will stay on ground level during the performance, but you will be required to move over uneven ground. Track B will require navigating up and down narrow and steep staircases. If you are unable to take stairs, please indicate in the Access Requirements that you wish to take Track A when checking out and we'll be sure to accommodate you as best as possible.

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    • $30.00
    • July 24, 2024-August 4, 2024
    • 90 minutes
    • Fort Edmonton Park
    • subvenue 1846 Fort
    • Parental Guidance (PG)
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