Tales of an Urban Indian



Ondinnok, by translating into French Tales of an Urban Indian by Simon Douglas, turned for the first time to the contemporary Aboriginal Anglophone repertoire since Aboriginal Francophone playwrights are so rare. Tales of an Urban Indian also gives concrete expression to a new orientation for the company: to make room for a new generation of Aboriginal artists and to support their development.


The character Simon Douglas is a young Secwepeme from a small Aboriginal community in the interior of British Columbia. As the alter ego of the playwright Darrell Denis, he comes to tell us his life story and share with us the personal drama that he believes to be the fate of his existence – being born Indian. From his reserve of birth to the backstreets of Vancouver we follow him through the thousand events of a young man facing distress regarding identity and love. Making his way, Simon Douglas gives life to a gallery of characters from his Kukum (grandmother) Josie to Rhonda his artistic agent and, in the process, Alistair the eco-freak friend of his mother. A journey typical of an urban Indian today but which for Simon ends fairly well. He finds peace and self-acceptance. A raw text tinged with self-deprecating humour.

Performance Dates

2006       May 2 to 20 – Montreal, McCord Museum

2007       October 23 – Montreal, Maison de la culture Frontenac

                 October 24 – Montreal, Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal

                 October 26 – Montreal, Maison de la culture Pointe–aux-Trembles

                  October 30 – Montreal, Maison de la culture Ahuntsic

                  October 31 – Montreal, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

2008        October 20 to November 5 – France, La Rochelle

                  November 12 to 18 – Montreal, La Maison Théâtre

2009        September 8 – Wemotaci

                  September 12 – Opitciwan

                  September 14 & 15 – Mashteuiatsh

                  September 23 – Natashquan

                  September 25 & 26 – Mingan

                  September 28 – Maliotenam

                  September 29 – Uashat

                  October 2 & 3 – Betsiamites

                 October 7 – Odanak

The Team

Playwright: Darrell Dennis

Translator: Olivier Choinière

Director: Catherine Joncas in collaboration with Yvon Dubé

Actor: Charles Bender

Set & Costume Designer: Marie-Claude Pelletier

Stage Manager: Christine Chu

Video Design & Operation: Philippe Laroque

Lighting Designer & Technical Director: Geoff Levine

Tour Assistant Technical Director: Marco Collin

Creators of the Environment: Jacques Doucet, Yvon Dubé, Catherine Joncas & Geoff Levine

Musicians: Vincent Beaulne assisted by mixer Marcel Gautier

Scenic Painters: Sandrine Gaudet, Rumain Tzoney & Carlos Viani

Communications Director: Lucienne Losier

Photographer: Martine Doyon

Graphic Design: Corbeau Blanc Design

Media Contact: Karine Cousineau


Producer: Ondinnok