Start date: 19 April, 2017
End date: 13 May, 2017
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada inspired Canadians to revisit our country’s flawed history, and to imagine how we might come together in peace, forgiveness, and hope. The year after the commission was established, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre commissioned Manitoba’s most celebrated playwright to write a play about the infamous 1850 Foss-Pelly trial, in which two white couples were sued for slandering the Metis wife of the Chief Factor of Hudson’s Bay Company’s Red River post.
Nature of the Project Reach
We expect 11,000 Manitobans to see Maureen Hunter's play Sarah Ballenden during its 3.5-week run at the Royal MTC Mainstage at 174 Market Avenue in Winnipeg.
In exploring the Foss-Pelly trial through the lens of a play, we hope to generate discussion about the lasting impact the event may have had on relations between Manitoba’s indigenous and immigrant cultures. We want to make a difference in our community, by inspiring thoughtful discussion about overcoming the obstacles that still threaten to divide us.
- Reach: Provincial
- Theme(s): Arts & Culture
- Region(s): Prairies
- Website: http://royalmtc.ca/Current-Plays/Sarah-Ballenden.aspx