By Taran Kootenhayoo
A new play by Taran Kootenhayoo, White Noise is a comedy about two Canadian families who have dinner together for the first time during the Truth and Reconciliation week, White Noise explores what it means to live in Canada from two different paradigms. How do we deal with internalized racism? Do we keep pushing it away and pretend to live safely in our day-to-day?
White noise is the sound you hear until something real happens.
Taran Kootenhayoo ‘Sahaʔa theyį Standing Sunrise’ was a Denesułįné and Stoney Nakoda multi-disciplinary storyteller from Treaty 6 territory, Alberta. He wrote and co-wrote six plays and one screenplay after graduating from Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen program in 2015. Taran was awarded ‘Star to Watch’ at the Whistler Film Festival (2018) as well as the ‘Sam Payne’s Most Promising Newcomer’ at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (2019). Taran joined the ancestors on December 31, 2020.
March 2019 – Workshop presentation at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster & the Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver, March 2019.
January 2018 – Reading at The Massey Theatre, New Westminster, Skookum Indigenous Arts Series.
December 2017 – Wright Space Residency with Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver.
November 2017 – Workshop at Weesageechak, Native Earth Performing Arts Society, Toronto