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TALES OF AN URBAN INDIAN

Craig Lauzon | Photo credit: Scott Cooper

a Talk Is Free Theatre production
Created by Darrell Dennis
Directed by Herbie Barnes

Toronto, Ontario
90 minutes | 14+

SYNOPSIS

Simon Douglas. He’s the guy who sits next to you on the bus, and won’t stop talking. About his friends back on the reserve. His mom and grandmother. His girlfriends. A man torn between two worlds, ride along with Simon and see the world through his eyes.

Staged on an OC Transpo bus and sold out across Canada – don’t miss this ride!

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SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, February 13 at 8:00pm
THURSDAY, February 14 at 8:00pm
FRIDAY, February 15 at 8:00pm
SATURDAY, February 16 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Staged on an OC Transpo bus.

BUY SINGLE TICKET $20 |  BUY FULL FESTIVAL PASS $100
Service fees + HST are included in all prices.

REVIEWS

“A coming-of-age tale about early romantic angst, surviving tragedy, and the thorny question of assimilation.” – NY Times


THE ARTISTS

Herbie Barnes – Director
TIFT: Tales of an Urban Indian and The Music Man.
Recently: Sir John Eh! (NAC) and Cottagers and Indians (Tarragon Theatre).
Elsewhere: Importance Of Being Earnest (NAC); Alice Through the Looking Glass (NAC) and Children Of God (NAC).

Darrell Dennis – Playwright
At the age of 17, Darrell Dennis walked into his first professional audition and walked out with the lead role of Brian Potter on the hit CBC drama Northwood.

For over two decades, Darrell has been at the forefront of Native theatre. His one man show Tales of an Urban Indian was nominated for two Dora Awards (Best Original Play and Best Performance by an Actor) and produced for multiple tours across North America including the legendary Public Theater in New York City and the Autry Theatre in Los Angeles. Darrell’s feature film adaptation of Tales was one of 13 international screenplays accepted into the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab. A T.V. pilot based on Tales was also produced and broadcast on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network.

Craig Lauzon – Performer
Craig Lauzon is one of Canada’s top character performers. He is a Canadian actor, writer, comedian, and member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce.

Craig entered the alternative sketch comedy scene in 1996. In 1999, Craig Lauzon was nominated for the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Award – a yearly prize given to promising comedic talent in Toronto. Since then Craig Lauzon has performed at It’s Always Something the Gilda’s Club Gala, Raising The Roof, Hubcap Comedy Festival, We’re Funny That Way and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Craig is a regular cast member on CBC’s Air Farce LIVE where he has received multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominations for both TV performance and Writing. Craig is also a member of Tonto’s Nephew’s, a comedy troupe that has performed all over the country.

In 2012, Craig performed the role of Kent in an all-aboriginal production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear at the National Arts Centre, alongside a cast that also included August Schellenberg as Lear, Tantoo Cardinal as Regan, Jani Lauzon in a dual role as Cordelia and the Fool, and Billy Merasty as Gloucester. His other credits include: Trudeau and The FLQ (VideoCabaret/Soulpepper); Trudeau and Levesque (VideoCabaret/Soulpepper); Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre Network/Theatre Aquarius); Thunderstick (Persephone Theatre/Western Canada Theatre); films:  Ham & Cheese, Damaged Goods and Bull, and appearances on The Sean Cullen Show and The Ron James Show.