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Bears show poster


February 28 – March 17 2019, Mainspace Theatre


Running Time: 90 minutes
Recommended for ages 16+

Written and Directed by Matthew MacKenzie

Factory presents an Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre production

As the prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd flees through the Rockies to escape the clutches of the RCMP. On his riveting journey westward to the Pacific, Floyd looks back on his childhood, meets some unlikely companions, and undergoes a startling transformation. A love letter to nature and critique of the devastating consequences of industrial expansion, Bears is a wild multi-disciplinary adventure.


Bears will leave you breathless

NOW Magazine

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Bears combines ingenuity, humour, and a powerful message

Toronto Star

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A highly entertaining evening at the theatre

The Globe and Mail

About the Playwright/Director

Matthew MacKenzie

Matthew Mackenzie is a multi-award winning and Sterling nominated playwright. Among his awards and recognition are the National Theatre School’s Lieutenant Governor’s award for excellence and community involvement, Tarragon Theatre’s Top Emerging Playwright Award (2012), and he was the 2010 Grand Prize recipient of the 44th Alberta Playwriting Competition. Matthew has had nearly a dozen of his works produced in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and New York. Since the 2014 theatre season, Matthew has had 8 professional premieres of his work across Canada.

In 1841, MacKenzie’s great, great, great kokom Kisiskaciwan passed through Alberta. For three days, as her party stocked up on supplies, she sat by the North Saskatchewan River—her namesake, and cried. An Englishman recorded in his account of the journey that Kisiskaciwan had the same veneration for the North Saskatchewan as those of the Hindu faith do for the Ganges. This historical account led MacKenzie to write Bears.


Sheldon Elter


Tracey Nepinak


Shammy Belmore


Karina Cox


Skye Demas


Lara Ebata


Zoë Glassman


Rebecca Sadowski


Kendra Shorter


Gianna Vacirca

Chorus/She Grizzly

Creative Team

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick

Artistic Producer

Monica Dottor

Co-Creator/Choreographer/Costume Designer

T. Erin Gruber

Environmental Designer

Noor Dean Musani

Composer/Sound Designer

Patrick Lundeen

Associate Director

Kate Sandeson

Stage Manager

Trent Crosby

Production Manager/Technical Director

Brianna Kolybaba

Costume Designer

Doreen L. Cardinal

Indigenous Liasion

Sheiny Satanove

Associate Producer

Krista Lin

Tour Manager

Madi Blondal

Assistant Environmental Designer

Becky Wong

Production Assistant

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