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Iskotew by Jennifer Dawn Bishop

A Christmas Carol – Keyano Theatre Company
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The Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre commissioned playwright Jennifer Dawn Bishop to develop and write the play for the Circle of Voices 2016/2017 Program surrounding the themes, Indigenous Women, Mixed Martial Arts & Mental Health.

The story follows a young Indigenous woman who dreams of winning it big as a mixed martial arts fighter. She’s invited to an MMA tournament in Montreal but has to overcome obstacles in her personal life to get there.

Genre: Drama – Sports – Young Adults

Acts: One

Characters: 12 characters
Four male; four female (doubling)

Setting: Montreal UFC Locker Room, present day, inside the locker room you can hear music and crowd noises in the distance. Raven is warming up for her big debut fight with her team of coaches. (etc.)

Production/development history: March 2017, Saskatoon at Studio 914

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headshot photo credit: Marcel Petit

Playwright Bio:

Jennifer is a Metis artist from Treaty Six Territory. She/her is an actor, playwright, and director.  She has been in over 30 productions and various projects in theatre and film. Works include “Breaking the Curse” a 25th Street Theatre/ Ferre Play Theatre. Directed audiobooks for Penguin Random House Canada. Performed at Globe Theatre in Regina and directed “Cottagers & Indians” by Drew Hayden Taylor for Persephone Theatre. Curated for the Indigenous Cities Project through NAC Indigenous Theatre/Savage Society.  Wrote and directed for Burnt Thicket Theatre’s We Treaty People project, Co-directed “Dead Hand Signal” by Logan Martin-Arcand and recently directed episodes in Season 2 of Stories of the North and recently Jennifer was cast as Liset in “This is How We Got Here” by Keith Barker at Persephone Theatre. Next up, Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre, La Troupe du Jour and Never Never Shakespeare will be producing a Trilingual Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear in English, French and Cree and will be co-directed by Jennifer and Bob Wicks.

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