Written and performed by Lesley Parlane A Star is Born written by Elaine Endanawas
Are They Thinking of Me? is a lighthearted account of the life of an Indigenous adoptee from the Sixties Scoop. Written and performed by Ottawa artist Lesley Parlane, with direction and dramaturgy by Bruce Naokwegijig, it is intertwined with a modern day legend written by Elaine Endanawas, Lesley's close friend and adopted Grandma. Many of the show’s sketches were performed separately in a spoken word/storytelling context over several years; this year, she approached the Debajehmujig Creation Centre with the idea of using these pieces as a foundation for her show. Over the last few months, Lesley worked with Debaj staff to develop her script and stage her first one woman show. Join her on this playful journey as she moves through mistakes and discoveries to ultimately reclaim her history and culture.
(ages 12+ / 60 min / English)
Performance takes place at Centre Wakefield La Pêche 38 ch de la Vallée de Wakefield
LESLEY PARLANE (member of Standing Buffalo First Nation) Picture Lesley Parlane is Dakota/Salteaux (a member of Standing Buffalo First Nation) and is an urban Indian based in Ottawa. She is a 2012 graduate of the Center for the Indigenous Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program and for many years has been working on her storytelling craft. She regularly uses her own life experiences as an Indigenous woman living in Canada as the basis of her storytelling. She recently produced Voices from the Adoption Files, a piece about the Sixties Scoop that starred four actors and a musician, at the National Arts Centre’s Backstage Theatre. She is a member of Storytellers of Canada and Ottawa Storytellers. She's on the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance Board, and is currently President of the Board of the Odawa Native Friendship Centre.