You used to call me Marie...

An Epic Métis Love Story

By Tai Amy Grauman

After a successful tour of the full production to communities across Alberta and Saskatchewan in the summer of 2022, You used to call me Marie… will have its theatrical debut at the Cultch/York Theatre in April as part of their 50th anniversary season and at the National Arts Centre, Indigenous Theatre in June.

A love story, a historical epic and a celebration of Métis song and dance ‘You used to call me Marie…’ paints the stories of the Callihoo women in Alberta. Music plays, and ponies dance as the story of Marie Callihoo unfurls through generations and time. We follow Iskwewo, Napew, and Mistatim (‘horse’ in Michif) in eight intertwined stories of love and resilience as the Métis nation emerges across the plains.  As we experience the love stories of Alberta’s Metis women, through stories of the fur trade, governance and organizing in the 1930s and into the present day, we witness generations of Callihoo women unfold. 

Don’t miss this beautiful new play, featuring era-spanning dance and live music, from French fiddle to contemporary country!

“It articulated my family story and the story of so many of our families. It was perfect.”

- Christi Belcourt (Métis Visual Artist)

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Tai Amy Grauman

PLAYWRIGHT

Tai Amy Grauman (MFA) is Metis Cree with ties to Haudenosaunee voyageurs from Ardrossan, Alberta. She is a Callihoo as well as a Beauregard and her family comes from a community in Alberta formerly known as St. Paul des Metis. She is the first elected Provincial Women’s Representative as part of the first Otipemisiawk Metis Government within Alberta and the secretary of advancement for women and girls. Tai is a playwright, actor, director, and producer. She was the first Indigenous woman to complete an MFA in Drama at the University of Alberta. Tai has written 3 plays, ‘ Wiwimaw’, ‘ Marie’s love letters at Lii Taab’ and ‘ You used to call me Marie’. Her work centers on the stories of Metis women in Alberta who have lived in the shadows for far too long.

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

Ensemble

ISKWEWO
Tai Amy Grauman

NAPEW

Aren Okemaysim

MUSIC & DANCE ENSEMBLE

Cole Alvis

Rebecca Sadowski

Kathleen Nisbet (Fiddler, Band Captain)

Krystle Pederson (Keyboard, Guitar, Vocal Captain)

“Audiences will be captivated by this epic story of the Métis Nation as seen through the eyes (and souls) of two star-crossed lovebirds.”

- Colette Poitras (Manager, Indigenous Public Library Outreach)

Production Team

PLAYWRIGHT
Tai Amy Grauman

DIRECTOR

Lois Anderson

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Michelle Olson

SET DESIGNER

Cecilia Vadala

COSTUME DESIGNERS

Alaia Hamer

Evan Ducharme

PROJECTION DESIGNER

Candelario Andrade

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Jeff Harrison

MUSIC & COMPOSITION

Andrea Menard

Kathleen Nisbet

Krystle Pederson

SOUND DESIGNER

Aaron Macri

CHOREOGRAPHY (MÉTIS JIGGING)

Yvonne Chartrand

PROPS MANAGER

Stephanie Elgersma

STAGE MANAGER

Erika Morey

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Geoff Jones

APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER

Castor Angus

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Matt Oviatt

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Production History

Summer 2022 –Tour of full production to Alberta and Saskatchewan (read more)

Summer 2021 – Tour of workshop production

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