In 2006, Ondinnok continues its support for the new generation. David Jenniss, in residence with Ondinnok, takes on writing his first play A River of Lies presented in a reading in 2007 and then reworked with the actors as Wulustek. This was done under the direction of Peter Batagliev, a man of the Bulgarian theatre who since 2005 had taught in the intensive Aboriginals theatre-training program given by Ondinnok.
Over five years each autumn the Miktouch family gather in front of a forestry company fence by the side of Route 230. They have peacefully claimed it as ancestral territory in their name and in the name of their Malamek nation. The Miktouch family is firstly Matthew the father and chief of the Malamek nation, his wife Helen a Quebecoise converted to Amerindian ritual practices, their son Marc in his twenties who works at the corner store on the reserve and David a young lawyer exiled to Ottawa to defend the cause. This year added to the group is Julie a Quebec journalist in search of identity who accompanies David. Jimmy, an Innu Indian, is the company guard. They sing, they dance, they brandish placards but behind the fence there have been big changes…And when the truth bursts into the light of day the characters, facing their devastated territory and their father’s betrayal, take the full measure of their naivety and impotence.
2008 June 5 to 13 – Montreal, Theatre Prospero
2011 March 29 to April 16 – Montreal, Theatre Prospero
Playwright: Collective creation based on a text by Dave Jenniss
Director: Peter Batakliev
Actors: Marie-Evelyne Baribeau (2008), Charles Bender, Marco Collin, Rachel Graton (2011), Dave Jenniss, Catherine Joncas & Yves Sioui Durand
Set Designer: Jonas Veroff Bouchard
Lighting Designer: Thomas Godefroid
Sound Designer: Nicolas Grou
Costume Designer: Claire Geoffrion
Technical Director: Geoff Levine
Stage Manager: Emanuelle Langelier
Production Director: Lucie Mineau
Photographer: Martine Doyon