A play written and performed by 6-time Dora Mavor Moore Award winner
January 17 -22, 2011
I took in this heart-warming one man play the other night and the sold out house was filled with enjoyment.
Agokwe (pronounced “agoo-kway; meaning “wise woman” or “Two-Spirited”) explores unrequited love between teenaged boys from neighbouring reserves. Mike is a hockey player and Jake is a dancer. The boys notice each other at the Kenora Shoppers Mall and ultimately connect through a mutual love of movement while Mike is skating and Jake is dancing “like grass blowing in the wind.”
Playing these and many more characters through the iconic multifarious persona of Nanabush (the trickster), playwright and performer Waawaate Fobister intertwines the boys’ attraction to each other through activities that traditionally separate gender and orientations. This tour-de-force performance is a remarkable and refreshing testament to the joys and tragedies of growing up marginalized by race and sexuality within a small community.
Winner of six Dora Mavor Moore Awards. A Buddies in Bad Times Theatre production, in association with The National Arts Centre. Written and performed by Waawaate Fobister. Direction and dramaturgy by Ed Roy.
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