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The War Being Waged

One Indigenous family. Three women's stories.

By Darla Contois | Produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange

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An Indigenous mother becomes an activist while her brother becomes a soldier. A grandmother raises a child with love, in community. A granddaughter full of turmoil, finds her voice. Three generations of Indigenous women are woven into this new work by Winnipeg-based theatre artist Darla Contois. And three performance genres tell their story – monologue, poetry with video and movement, and contemporary dance – all tied together by the playwright’s story and an all-encompassing set design that has built a world for all three to live inside.

This performance contains descriptions of physical violence, suicidal ideation, explicit description of attempted suicide, anti-Indigenous racism, inter-generational trauma, MMIWG2S, alcohol consumption, incarceration, gun violence. 

Run Time: 70 minutes

The Artists
The PTE Team

Production Manager
Wayne Buss!

Props Master
Elana Honcharuk *

Head of Wardrobe
Brenda McLean *

Technical Director
Sean Neville

Head of Lights & Sound
Cari Simpson *

Head Carpenter
Steven Vande Vyvere *

* operates under a contract with IATSE Local 63. 

Patrick Bellemare *
Eric Bossé *
Jenna Brown *
Denise Dela Cruz*
Ian Kirk *
Andrew Sanger *
Evan Wohlgemut *

Scenic Painter
Shauna Jones *

Claire Sparling (Cutter) *
Chris Black (First Hand/Builder) *

Emily’s Hair
Eve Rice

* operates under a contract with IATSE Local 63. 

Director: Sam Vint
Director of Photography: Sam Karney
Editor: Jonathan Lê
Camera: Rudy Gauer, Andrew Wiens
Audio: Kevin Bacon

The film of The War Being Waged was made with the generous support of ACTRA.

Prairie Theatre Exchange is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, under the terms of the jointly negotiated Canadian Theatre Agreement.


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