04. January 2018 - 20:00

GOD'S LAKE, by Francesca Albright & Kevin Lee Burton | Metro Studio Theatre | Thursday, 04. January 2018

Inspired by the mysterious death of a young Cree woman, God's Lake is an original work of documentary theatre that addresses the issue of safety for young Indigenous women and girls living on isolated First Nation reserves. This workshop production will stage the lived experiences of people from the fly-in community of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba. The play uses the words of real people, verbatim from interviews conducted over six months in 2017 in the community. God's Lake is a collaboration between playwright Francesca Albright and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Lee Burton.

A Castlereigh Documentary Theatre Project
Co-created by Francesca Albright & Kevin Lee Burton
Directed by Britt Small
Dramaturgy by Gordon Pengilly
Production Design by James Insell
Projection Design by Guy Segal
Lighting Design by R.J. Peters

Nick Benz
Nyla Carpentier
Taran Kootenhayoo
Frances Koncan
Erica Wilson

January 4 - 6, 2018 at Metro Studio Theatre

Tickets: $22/$15 students and seniors
To purchase, visit ticketrocket.co

Show dates:
January 4 @ 8pm
January 5 @ 8pm
January 6 @ 2pm & 8pm

castlereigh.com for more information about the show.

Ages 14+

Developed with support from:

Capital Regional District Arts Development Fund
British Columbia Arts Council
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
  • We go into rehearsals right away for GOD'S LAKE, by Francesca Albright & Kevin Lee Burton, but we are still raising money for ONE MORE DAY! Please consider making a donation to this project before it hits the stage in January. Time to introduce our fifth and final cast member: Erica Wilson is an Metis/Anishinaabe emerging artist in the Winnipeg theatre community, starting with theatre classes at Manitoba Theatre for Young People and its former Aboriginal Arts Mentor-ship program. Erica is now a current student at the University of Winnipeg taking her studies of theatre a little further, Erica has worked with several theatre companies including Urban Indigenous Theatre Co, Sarasvati Productions - where she has recently been on tour with their mental health project "Shattered," and in “Two Indians” for their FEMFEST 2017, Vault Projects “Riot Resist Revolt Repeat” and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre assisting directing “Sarah Ballenden”. Erica has also been involved in reconciliation work with Canadian Roots Exchange as a youth Initiative 2014 in providing workshops in Winnipeg. Pictured: Erica Wilson. Find our campaign here: igg.me/at/godslake
  • Only FIVE DAYS LEFT in our Indiegogo campaign and time to introduce our fourth cast member: Nick Benz! He will be joining us as a performer in GOD'S LAKE, by Francesca Albright & Kevin Lee Burton. Nick is an artist with Croatian, Irish and Mi'kmaq ancestry. Nick grew up in Ontario playing sports, riding horses and doing musical theatre but after high school decided to move to New York City to pursue dance. In the city Nick's studies focused on Hip-Hop, Vogue and Caribbean culture/dance. Some of Nick's credits in NYC include horseback riding for The Metropolitan Opera and various commercials. Nick is now involved in various local Vancouver theatre and dance projects and is a certified Gyrotonic(R) instructor with a special interest in physical therapy. Pictured: Nick Benz. Purchase tickets here: http://www.ticketrocket.co/event/details/101952/gods-lake Find our campaign here: igg.me/at/godslake
  • Only EIGHT DAYS LEFT to donate to GOD'S LAKE, by Francesca Albright & Kevin Lee Burton, and just over a week until we begin rehearsals for this exciting new show! We want to introduce our next cast member - Frances Koncan is an Anishinaabe interdisciplinary theatre artist from Couchiching First Nation. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the City University of New York – Brooklyn College and a BA in Psychology from The University of Manitoba. Her work as a playwright focuses on the reclamation of Indigenous heritage within contemporary landscapes, almost always includes the use of the word “hella”, and draws from the guiding principal of short Millennial attention spans. Her plays include Riot Resist Revolt Repeat, zahgidiwin/love, After the Ball is Over, How to Talk to Human Beings, The Dance-off of Conscious Uncoupling, and Little Red. In 2017 she was the recipient of a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award and the Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC On The Rise Award for emerging artists. She is currently based in Winnipeg. Pictured: Frances Koncan. Find our campaign here: igg.me/at/godslake
  • Only ELEVEN DAYS LEFT to donate to GOD'S LAKE, by Francesca Albright & Kevin Lee Burton, and every contribution makes a big difference - there is not a donation too small or a share we don't hugely appreciate. We want to introduce our next cast member - Taran J. Kootenhayoo is a Denésuliné and Nakoda Sioux actor, spoken word poet and playwright. Born in Cold Lake, AB, he is now based out of Vancouver, BC. He received his Acting for Stage & Screen diploma from Capilano University in 2015, is signed with Premiere Talent Management, and is in Full Circle’s First Nations Performance Ensemble. Past projects have included work with Weesageechak Begins To Dance Festival, Savage Society, Western Theatre Canada, Axis Theatre, Raven Spirit Dance, SOAR Aboriginal Arts Program, Cuywsti and Tom Cone’s Sacred Space Festival. Pictured: Taran Kootenhayoo. Photo credit: Justin Jacobs. Find our campaign here: igg.me/at/godslake
  • Only sixteen days left to donate to GOD'S LAKE, by Francesca Albright & Kevin Lee Burton, and just over two weeks until we begin rehearsals for this exciting show! We want to introduce our first cast member - Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan, Kaska, French, Scottish) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in Vancouver. She is a poet, a powwow dancer and workshop facilitator. As an actor, Nyla toured in the theatre for young audience show Raven meets the Monkey King with Axis Theatre and performed with Savage Society's productions of The Boy who was Abandoned and Battle of the Birds. She was in The Flats/Les Flats by Ginny Collins, a co-production with Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Cercle Moliere in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This past summer she was at the Blyth Theatre Festival in their production of The Berlin Blues by Drew Hayden Taylor and Ipperwash by Falen Johnson in Blyth, Ontario. She recently co-directed the play The Ridiculous Darkness with Marisa Smith of Alley Theatre. Pictured: Nyla Carpentier Donate here: igg.me/at/godslake