The Only Good Indian
About the Show
I know you'll stand in solidarity with me, but how close are you willing to stand?
Part lecture, part meditation, and part threat. The Only Good Indian takes a radical look at where our similarities begin and where they end. Each night a different performer straps themselves into a suicide vest – and struggles to rationalize to the audience such an “irrational” decision.
Created by 2017 Siminovitch Prize nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, 2015 Governor General’s Award nominee Tom Arthur Davis, and 2017 Ken McDougall Award winner Jivesh Parasram. Each incarnation of The Only Good Indian recruits a local artist to step into the radical headspace of a suicide bomber.
May 2018: Uno Fest (Victoria, BC)
Dates: May 15-17, 2018
Venue: Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard St.)
May 2018: rEvolver Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Dates: May 23-27, 2018
Venue: The Culture Lab, The Cultch (1895 Venables St.)
Co-created by Jivesh Parasram, Tom Arthur Davis, & Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Performed by Jivesh Parasram, Tom Arthur Davis, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Adele Norohna
Project Design by Jivesh Parasram, with Tom Arthur Davis
Stage Managed by Sabah Haque
Produced by Jivesh Parasram & Tom Arthur Davis
★★★★ Critic's Pick. "This radical and thought-provoking show conceived by Jivesh Parasram delves deep into the history, politics and logics of occupation, colonization and indigeneity... Resonated would be an understatement."
-Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine
"Compelling... Unsettling... That’s a good thing in the theatre."
-Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
"Remarkable, almost hypnotic.... Sometimes shows stir up emotions and leave me feeling a little off balance. It’s part of what I love about theatre... I plan to go and see the other two performers."
-Sam Mooney, Mooney on Theatre
May, 2018 • As a part of rEvolver Festival • The Culture Lab, The Cultch • Vancouver, BC
May, 2018 • As a part of Uno Fest • Intrepid Theatre Club • Victoria, BC
August, 2017 • As a part of SummerWorks Performance Festival • Factory Theatre • Toronto
February, 2017 • As a part of the Rhubarb Festival • Buddies in Bad Time Theatre • Toronto
This project has been made possible through the generous support of: Cahoots Theatre Company and the Canada Council for the Arts.