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In a show that resists trends — and even conventions of theatre itself — a writer and an actor perform an edgy and interesting, 30-minute dialogue on gender, land and colonization. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed the first three episodes — as playwright Frances Koncan tells the audience: "They’re not written yet but the title worked for George Lucas."
And so begins a plot where not much happens: a settlers’ cart breaks down on the Oregon Trail, there is tainted water and "dysentery" everywhere, and no options left but to die. But, like Waiting for Godot, dying is impossible. All that’s left is to talk and wonder who stole the oxen.
This is why audiences will enjoy best Koncan’s observations on why people invade one another’s lands and bodies alongside the on-stage struggles of Maegan, a drag queen who just wants to be. It’s all very post-modern and post-colonial, intended to provoke rather than entertain.
— Niigaan Sinclair
From the Fringe program:
Nobody said traversing the Oregon Trail would be easy… but nobody said it would be this hard, either. On a trail where thieves constantly steal your oxen, racial stereotypes abound and everyone has dysentery, how do you keep colonization alive? A co-pro with Vault Projects: 4 STARS Matt & Ben 4 STARS How to Talk to Human Beings 4 STARS zahgidiwin/love 4 STARS Riot Resist Revolt Repeat 4 ½ STARS Women of the Fur Trade (TO Fringe) 5 STARS Little Red Currently in development with the PTE Emerging Playwrights Unit.
Show Length: 30 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual ContentA detailed content warning is available on all our social media for patrons who would like additional information!
140 Rupert Ave.
Seating Capacity: 100
No wheelchair access
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 7:15 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 4:45 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 9:30 PM
Thu, Jul 25, 2019 – 4:00 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 3:45 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 8:15 PM
Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 3:19 PM CDT: Adds review.
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