Tai Amy Grauman as Iskwewo and Aren Okemaysim as Napew. Costume design by Evan Ducharme and Alaia Hamer; Photo by Benjamin Laird at Métis Crossing

The Cultch Presents

You used to call me Marie…

By Tai Amy Grauman

A Savage Society (Vancouver) and NAC Indigenous Theatre production

The Femme Festival is made possible with the support of Charlotte and Sonya Wall Arts Fund

April 18–28

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An epic Métis love story.

A love story, a historical epic, and a celebration of Metis song and dance, You used to call me Marie… paints the stories of the Callihoo women in Alberta. Music plays, and ponies dance as the story of Marie Callihoo unfurls through generations and time.

We follow Iskwewo, Napew, and Mistatim (‘horse’ in Michif) in eight intertwined stories of love and resilience as the Métis nation emerges across the plains. As we experience the love stories of Alberta’s Metis women—through stories of the fur trade, governance, and organizing in the 1930s and into the present day—we witness generations of Callihoo women unfold.

Don’t miss this beautiful new play, featuring era-spanning dance and live music, from French fiddle to contemporary country!

The Draw

Experience this stunning new work by Jessie Award-winning playwright, Tai Amy Grauman, inspired by the stories of Métis women in her family (the Callihoos). Produced by Savage Society, the company that brought you Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer.

Indigenous Pricing

There are complimentary tickets available for self-identifying Indigenous patrons who wish to see You used to call me Marie…

Contact [email protected] for more details and to book your seats

Show Credits

A Savage Society and NAC Indigenous Theatre production
Written by Tai Amy Grauman

ENSEMBLE
Tai Amy Grauman
Aren Okemaysim

MUSIC & DANCE ENSEMBLE
Cole Alvis
Rebecca Sadowski
Kathleen Nisbet (Fiddler, Band Captain)
Krystle Pederson (Keyboard, Guitar, Vocal Captain)

PRODUCTION TEAM

PLAYWRIGHT: Tai Amy Grauman
DIRECTOR: Lois Anderson
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Michelle Olson
SET DESIGNER: Cecilia Vadala
COSTUME DESIGNERS: Alaia Hamer and Evan Ducharme
PROJECTION DESIGNER: Candelario Andrade
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Jeff Harrison
MUSIC & COMPOSITION: Andrea Menard, Kathleen Nisbet, and Krystle Pederson
SOUND DESIGNER: Aaron Macri
CHOREOGRAPHY: (Métis Jigging): Yvonne Chartrand
PROPS MANAGER: Stephanie Elgersma
STAGE MANAGER: Erika Morey
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Geoff Jones
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER: Castor Angus
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Matt Oviatt

Videos

Interview with Dancer Cole Alvis

Quotes & Media Coverage

“Lovers reunite through important moments in history in play ‘You Used to Call me Marie’”

“Star people reunite through history in new play by Métis actor/writer”

—Crystal St. Pierre interview Tai Amy Grauman, Regina Leader–Post

“Audiences will be captivated by this epic story of the Métis Nation as seen through the eyes (and souls) of two star-crossed lovebirds.”

—Colette Poitras, Manager, Indigenous Public Library Outreach, Edmonton, Alberta

“It articulated my family story and the story of so many of our families. It was perfect.”

—Christi Belcourt, Métis Visual Artist

Ticket Prices

Section Pricing from:

Section A+: $49
Section A: $44
Section B: $39
Section C: $29

Indigenous Pricing:

Use promo code: Indigenous

There are complimentary tickets available for self-identifying Indigenous patrons who wish to see You used to call me Marie…

Contact [email protected] for more details and to book your seats

Cultch Connects:

Our Cultch Connects program provides free tickets for families, community groups, artists, and others who might not be able to otherwise experience our shows. If you would like to learn more about how to access Cultch Connects tickets, please reach out to [email protected].

Pay-What-You-Choose Tickets:

We are thrilled to offer pay-what-you-choose pricing on select performances!  We encourage you to pay as you are able and help support the creation of these shows.

Anniversary Pricing

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we are offering $25 tickets to select performances! That's two tickets for $50!

Showtimes

Thurs, Apr 18, 7:30pm

Fri, Apr 19, 7:30PM

Sat, Apr 20, 7:30PM

Sun, Apr 21, 2PM

Tues, Apr 23, 7:30PM

Wed, Apr 24, 7:30PM

Thurs, Apr 25, 7:30PM

fri, Apr 26, 7:30PM

sat, Apr 27, 2:00PM

sat, Apr 27, 7:30PM

Sun, Apr 28, 2:00PM

Evening Shows: 7:30 PM
April 18: Preview
April 19: Opening
April 20, 24–27
April 23: Talkback

Matinees: 2:00 PM
April 21: Talkback
April 27, 28

Save up to 30%
with a Season Ticket Package!

Choose 5, Choose 3, and Flex Passes available

Supporters

The Ronald S. Roadburg Foundation is proud to support Indigenous Programming at The Cultch

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The Cultch offers American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances, Live Audio described performance in partnership with VocalEye and Relaxed Performances for a less restrictive environment. Those who do not require these accessibility features will not experience any disturbance to the performance.

Find out more about our Accessibile performance options.