You used to call me Marie...

By Tai Amy Grauman

You used to call me Marie…’ follows two souls through eight Métis love stories at eight distinct periods in history. Moving through different lives, we watch Iskwewo, Napew and Mistatim before and after the colonization of Treaty 6. We watch the emergence of the Métis nations across the plains, the robust colonization that arises from the fur trade and the political uprising of the Métis association of Alberta in the 1930’s. Beginning in a creation story and ending in the present, ‘You used to call me Marie…’ shares the Callihoo women’s love stories, their fight for their people as well as their resilient sovereignty as Métis women.

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After a 2-week workshop at Caravan Farm Theatre, You used to call me Marie… hit the road to Alberta where we had the honour of sharing this beautiful Métis love story with audiences on the land where it is from. Maarsi/Kwukstumx to presenters The Citadel Theatre, Reconciliation St. Paul & Métis Crossing.

Tai Amy Grauman

PLAYWRIGHT

Tai Amy Grauman is Métis, Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta. Tai was awarded the Métis Nation of Alberta’s award for “Outstanding Youth of 2020” for the work she is doing to unravel the stories of Métis women in her family (the Callihoos). She also received the Jessie Richardson award for most promising newcomer in 2018 as well as Vancouver’s Mayor’s Emerging Theatre Artist of 2015, nominated by Margo Kane.

Tai is an artistic associate at Savage Society and an associate artist at the Citadel Theatre. She is also currently doing her Masters in theatre creation at the U of A. Tai is working on commissions with Nightswimming “Wiwimaw“, Axis Theatre Company “Where did all the buffalo go…” and the Arts Club Theatre Company “My Father is the greatest man in the world“.

Cast

ISKWEWO
Tai Amy Grauman

 

NAPEW
Joel Montgrand

 

HORSE / DANCER
Madelaine McCallum

 

DANCER
Amanda Testini

 

FIDDLER
Kathleen Nisbet

Production Team

PLAYWRIGHT & CO-DIRECTOR
Tai Amy Grauman

 

CO-DIRECTOR
Meg Roe

 

MOVEMENT & CHOREOGRAPHY
Madelaine McCallum
Arik Pipestem
Amanda Testini

 

COMPOSER & SINGER
Andrea Menard

 

SOUND DESIGNER
Alessandro Juliani

 

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Bronwyn Bowlby

 

WORKSHOP STAGE MANAGER
Jan Hodgson

 

MICHIF LANGUAGE CONSULTANT
Graham Andrews

Group 71

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