Written by Yvette Nolan
Directed by Cole Alvis
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You Can’t Get There From Here Audio Series
Episode 3: You Can’t Get There From Here
Hanna has been the target of online protests and persecution and no one has heard from her in days. Worried for her well-being, two friends show up at her apartment to discover her all packed, ready to get outta dodge. Leah and David attempt to persuade Hanna to stay and fight, to continue living in the city as it changes before their very eyes.
From award-winning playwright, Yvette Nolan, You Can’t Get There From Here delves into how cities shapeshift over time and what happens when we don’t change with it.
About the Playwright
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her works include the play The Unplugging, the dance-opera Bearing, the libretto Shawnadithit, and the short play-for-film Katharsis. She co-created, with Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight, the verbatim play Reasonable Doubt, about relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. Recent dramaturgy includes The Election by Natasha Greenblatt and Yolanda Bonnell, Sedna by Corey Payette, Reneltta Arluk and Marshall McMahen, bug by Yolanda Bonnell. She is currently working on Tapwewin with Maria Campbell, on Namwayut with Marion Newman, and on Sophia with Tim Brady. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is an Artistic Associate with Signal Theatre, and the Company Dramaturg for Sum Theatre. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
About the Director
Cole Alvis (she/her) is a 2 Spirit Michif (Métis) artist based in Tkarón:to with Chippewa, Irish & English ancestors from Turtle Mountain. She is a leader of lemonTree creations, manidoons collective, AdHoc Assembly and led the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance from 2013 – 2017. Recently, she performed in Louis Riel (Canadian Opera Company & National Arts Centre) and directed the Dora-nominated bug by Yolanda Bonnell (manidoons collective & Luminato), Lilies by Michel Marc Bouchard (lemonTree creations, Why Not Theatre & Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and alongside fellow Dora-nominated Michael Greyeyes, co-directed an Indigenous opera double bill called Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit (Signal Theatre, National Sami Theatre Beaivváš & Soundstreams Canada). This winter, Cole is calling on the women in her matriarchal line to remember together their Michif ancestors.
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