THUNDER BAY, ON - January 21, 2010 - Magnus Theatre is excited to present
WHITE WRITER ON THE FLOOR. The play focuses on six First Nation stereotypes: Tonto (from the Lone Ranger radio and television series that began in 1933) , Injun Joe (from Mark Twain’s novel, Tom Sawyer), Billy Jack (from the 1971 movie of the same name), Old Lodgeskins (from the movie Little Big Man), Pocahontas (a two-dimensional cartoon), and Kills Many Enemies (a warrior created by Hayden Taylor to represent all warrior types), whose lives have been created in literary form. They come to life and find themselves in a room with the dead white writer who created their adventures. They set out on a journey together to shed their literary personas to follow their dreams of taking their place in the real world.
Artistic Director Mario Crudo says that this is an exciting opportunity for the people of Northwestern Ontario. “It is always exciting to present a premiere of a new work; in essence, to create a kind of ‘blue print’ guide for other productions that will follow. Usually premieres are reserved for major centres. We are honoured that Drew gave Magnus Theatre a first option to produce DEAD WHITE WRITER ON THE FLOOR for audiences in Thunder Bay.”
DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR (Playwright) - Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibway from Ontario’s Curve Lake First Nation. An award-winning playwright, columnist and comedy-sketch creator, he is widely known for his thoughtful and sharply witty observations on Aboriginal subjects and issues. Magnus Theatre has presented a number of his works in recent years
including THE BERLIN BLUES or WELCOME TO OJIBWAY WORLD in the 2007/08 season, IN A WORLD CREATED BY A DRUNKEN GOD during the 2006/07 season, and last year’s annual school tour throughout Northern Ontario saw his classic hit TORONTO AT DREAMER’S ROCK make appearances from Kenora all the way to Moosonee and Moose Factory.
GILBERT J. ANDERSON (Kills Many Enemies) - Audiences may remember Gil from his past performance at Magnus
Theatre, he performed the 2007/08 Season Premiere LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. A proud member of the Michel Callihoo
First Nations in Alberta, Gilbert has been performing on stage for more than twenty years. He completed his training at the
UBC School of Music under the directorship of Nancy Hermiston; since beginning his singing career Gil has performed in
the roles of Il Conte Almaviva in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Valentin in FAUST, the title role in GIANNI SCHICCHI, and the
father in HANSEL AND GRETEL among others. One of the highlights of Gil’s career has been singing the role of John
Procter in the Czech premiere of THE CRUCIBLE, with the composer Robert Ward coaching. His most recently performed the
roles of Lindorf and Dappertutto in LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN for Opera NUOVA in Edmonton. Gil has also recently
completed a tour of BC with Red Sky Theatre in the role of Raven in RAVEN STOLE THE SUN.
RENELTTA ARLUK (Pocahontas) - Reneltta is of Inuit and Chipewyan-Cree descent hailing from the Northwest Territories.
She is a BFA-Acting graduate from the University of Alberta and an alumnus of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. She has
recently produced her first play TUMIT under her theatre company Akpik Theatre. This is Reneltta's third appearance on the
Magnus stage. The first was as “Zhaboonigan” in THE REZ SISTERS and in the 2008/09 school tour production of SQUARE
EYES. Other recent acting credits include: THE REZ SISTERS (O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk) in Peterborough, AKLAVIK
JOURNAL (Stuck in a Snowbank Theatre) in Yellowknife, Toronto Fringe Festival in ARTIFACTS (Frontal Lobe Theatre),
touring northern Greece in UTOPIAN FLOES (Caravan Stage Tall Ship Theatre), THE REZ SISTERS (Theatre Northwest) in
Prince George and COPPER THUNDERBIRD (National Arts Centre).
CHRIS COUND (Billy Jack) - Chris was last seen on the Magnus Stage as Otto in EINSTEIN’S GIFT in 2006. Some of his
other performances on the Magnus Stage include Mozart in AMADEUS, Thisbe in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and
Renfield in DRACULA. Other credits include THE DRAWER BOY (Theatre Northwest), HANDS DOWN (Entim Theatre). and
THE TAPE (Voodoo Chicken Theatre). Chris has performed in numerous television and film projects and is currently looking
forward to his next project, Strindberg’s THE CREATIONS.
IRA JOHNSON (Old Lodgeskins) - Ira, originally from Seine River First Nation, is a performance and visual artist. He is self
taught as a painter and has participated in many group shows throughout Northwestern Ontario in the past twenty years.
This is his first performance as an actor on the Magnus Theatre Stage.
SIMON MOCCASIN (Tonto) - Simon is from the Jackfish Lake First Nation (Saskatchewan). He is a proud father, poet,
storyteller, playwright, singer, performance artist, actor and amateur comedian. He is also part Nehiyiwak, Saulteaux,
Blackfoot, Blood and Sioux. He was last seen in the Native Earth production, A VERY POLITE GENOCIDE (Buddies in Bad
Times) and THE MEDICINE LINE (Mae Wilson Theatre).
GORDON PATRICK WHITE (Injun Joe) - Gordon has worked with various companies in the Atlantic provinces, as well as
The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa (AN ACRE OF TIME), and Native Earth in Toronto (A VERY POLITE
GENOCIDE). Other credits include Clov in ENDGAME (Theatre NFLD and Labrador”); THE VELVETEEN RABBIT (Theatre
New Brunswick); Puck in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Stephenville Theatre Festival); Rodney in ONLY DRUNKS AND
CHILDREN TELL THE TRUTH (Two Planks and a Passion); Hawk in CORVETTE CROSSING (Eastern Front Theatre) and Titus
in “THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE (Neptune Theatre). Most recently, he appeared as twins Edger and Ledger in the premiere
production IVOR JOHNSON’S NEIGHBOURS. TV and film credits include BLACK HARBOUR, BLACKFLY, NEW WATERFORD
GIRLS, GRACIE’S CHOICE, LEXX and TRUDEAU II. A native of Mi'kmaq descent, born in Flat Bay, Newfoundland; Gordon
currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
DEAD WHITE WRITER ON THE FLOOR is directed by Mario Crudo, Artistic Director of Magnus Theatre. Ted Roberts is the
Set and Lighting Designer. Mervi Agombar is the Costume Coordinator and Gillian Jones is the Stage Manager.
Production Schedule for DEAD WHITE WRITER ON THE FLOOR:
Show Dates: Thursday January 28, 2010 to Saturday February 13, 2010
Times: Evenings: Mondays to Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Matinees: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. & Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.
Address: Magnus Theatre, 10 S. Algoma St., Thunder Bay
Tickets: From $13.00 - $34.00 Call the Box Office at (807) 345-5552