Joni is growing up in a cowboy-obsessed city. In love with horses and the cowboy mystique, she gradually realizes Black folk are absent from popular culture depictions of that world. While struggling to juggle what she sees as these two incompatible identities, she discovers the existence of a great Black cowboy who was instrumental in creating the brand of her city.
John Ware Reimagined, written by award-winning author Cheryl Foggo, alchemically interweaves Joni’s story with the powerful myth-shattering journey of John Ware and his wife, Mildred Lewis Ware. This compelling World Premiere features flood, fire, fire and the fantastical, driven by the riveting performances of Janelle Cooper, Orville Cameron and Kirsten Alter and a musical landscape created and performed live by Calgary’s inaugural Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor and fold-soul artist Miranda Martini.
John Ware Reimagined is the second play in The Black Canadian Theatre Series – a season of three plays by Black Canadian playwrights about African-Canadian life spanning 150 years: The Real McCoy by Andrew Moodie, John Ware Reimagined by Cheryl Foggo and The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God by Djanet Sears. The Black Canadian Theatre Series is the first of its kind in our province; a legacy for Alberta!
August 20 – 30, 2014
@ Lunchbox Theatre