Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova; Photo by Nastya Gooz

Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova; Photo by Nastya Gooz

MAY 25–JUNE 4 | Historic Theatre

The Cultch Presents

First Métis Man of Odesa

A true story about love in the face of a pandemic and an invasion

Historic Theatre

Punctuate! Theatre (Edmonton)
By Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova
Presented in association with rEvolver Festival

After meeting on a research trip in Kyiv, Matt, a Canadian playwright, and Mariya, a Ukrainian actor, spark up a romance that takes them from the beaches of the Black Sea to the frozen riverbanks of the North Saskatchewan River. Together, they weather a global pandemic and face the personal impacts of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine while sharing many moments of joy, including marriage and the birth of their son.

Award-winning theatre artists and real-life married couple Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova take the stage to tell their remarkable, surprisingly funny, and inspiring Odesa to Alberta love story and share their intimate perspectives on the impacts of the war in Ukraine.

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Showtimes & Dates

MAY 25–27, 30–31: 7:30 PM
JUNE 1–3: 7:30 PM
MAY 27, 28: 2:00 PM
JUNE 3: 2:00 PM
JUNE 4: 2:00PM – VocalEye Performance*
*This performance has the option of audio description. Those who do not require it will not experience any disturbance to the performance.

View Accessibility page for more information about VocalEye Performances.

Post-Show Talkback

MAY 28: 2:00 PM

MAY 30: 7:30 PM

Venue Location

Historic Theatre
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Box Office Info

1895 Venables St.
[email protected]
Mon to Fri: 12–6PM, Sat 12–4
and 1 hour prior to all performances


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Punctuate! Theatre (Edmonton)

Written and Performed by: Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova
Directed by: Lianna Makuch*

Set/Lighting Design by: Daniela Masellis
Projection Design by: Amelia Scott
Composition by: Daraba
Sound Design by: Aaron Macri
Choreographed by: Krista Lin
Stage Managed by: Lore Green*
Rehearsals Stage Managed by: Kiidra Duhault
Production Managed & Technical Directed by: Trent Crosby
Design Consultation & Scenic Artwork by: Dawn Marie Marchand
Beadwork by: Maria Nelson
Dramaturgy by: Matt McGeachy
Produced by: Sheiny Satanove
Associate Produced by: Alyson Dicey
Associate Produced by: desirée leverenz
Head Scenic Painting by: Emily Randall
Painting by: Amy Powell
Drape Stitching by: Theatre Garage
Fabrication by: art lab

*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).


Matthew MacKenzie’s play Bears won Doras for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production, was named a co-winner of the Toronto Theatre Critics Outstanding New Canadian Play Award and won the Playwright Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt National Playwriting Award. 


“Edmonton Métis playwright Matthew MacKenzie is fast becoming one of our most compelling writers.”

Martin Morrow, The Globe & Mail’s Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2019 (The Particulars)


Winner 2020 Odesa International Film Festival
Best Acting – Golden Duke Award

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