April 4, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Thursday
Program Fee: $29
Program Fee Member: $24.65
A PUNCTUATE THEATRE AND ALBERTA ABORIGINAL PERFORMING ARTS CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS AND THE THEATRE CENTRE
“Deceptively simple, the play is deeply spiritual and gives the best medicine possible after tragedy: cosmic comedy and earthly kinship of any who have lost and kept on going.”
– Elder Jo-Ann Saddleback
Punctuate Theatre returns to artsPlace after the success of their stunning multi-award-winning play Bears. Set in the aftermath of the wildfire that nearly destroyed Fort McMurray in the summer of 2016, After the Fire is a dark comedy centered around two couples whose lives have been deeply affected by this ‘natural’ disaster. This Indigenous-led, new Canadian work raises vital questions about continued industrial development in Fort McMurray, despite the devastating impact on the environment and the people whose livelihoods rely on it.
“What I personally find captivating about MacKenzie’s voice is his capacity to turn the tension between supposed binaries into creative energy, into something unexpected but powerful that drives his plays.”– Karen Fricker, The Toronto Star
Last season, MacKenzie’s play Bears sold out in Toronto and across the country, receiving glowing reviews for its unapologetic and imaginative approach to pipeline politics. Bears won two Dora awards for Outstanding Independent Production and Outstanding New Work, co-won the Toronto Theatre Critics’ award for best new Canadian play, and the Carol Bolt National Playwrighting Award. After The Fire takes a different approach to examining our addiction to fossil fuels, shining a spotlight on the families caught in the middle of the Canadian cultural paradox of both condemning while intrinsically profiting from the exploitation of our non-renewable resources.