The Only Good Indian

 Photo & Cover Photo by Graham Isador.

Photo & Cover Photo by Graham Isador.


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.


Upcoming Productions

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.)


Creative Team

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


Press

★★★★ 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." 
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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


Production History

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


Supporters

This project has been made possible through the generous support of: Cahoots Theatre Company and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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