Produced by manidoons collective in association with Luminato

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
June 20–24, 2018

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bug is a timely reflection on the cycles of abuse and addiction in which too many Indigenous women in contemporary Canada find themselves. Yolanda Bonnell, an exciting young performer and playwright of Ojibwe and South Asian descent, was named one of NOW Magazine’s Toronto theatre artists to watch in 2017. Bonnell gives life to this story with visibility and resilience through poetry, prose, and song.

bug is a solo physical theatre piece about the life of The Girl; taken from her alcoholic Mother and cycled through the damaging foster care system on her reservation, The Girl develops an addictive personality that clings to anything that gives her power or makes her feel loved. As her addiction grows and manifests as the creature manidoons (Ojibwe for bug, insect or worm); as The Girl gets older, the manidoons takes over and her addictions become more and more dangerous.

Previously workshopped locally at Weesageechak Begins To Dance, SummerWorks, Rhubarb, and this May on Coast Salish territory at UNO Fest and rEvolver Festival, this powerful show now gets its world premiere at Luminato.

bug is being created in Tkarón:to where the original caretakers include the Mississauga of New Credit First Nation, as well as other Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples

bug Created and Performed by Yolanda Bonnell
Director: Cole Alvis
Producer: Olivia Shortt
Scenography: Jay Havens
Movement Coach: Aria Evans
Lighting and Technical Director: Michel Charbonneau
Sound Design: Maddie Bautista
Music Composed by: DJ Classic Roots & Jennifer Kreisberg
Dramaturg: Yvette Nolan
Stage Manager: Ashley Bomberry
Stitcher: Kinoo Arcentales
Set Construction: Tim Hill

Wednesday, June 20 – 8:00PM – Preview
Thursday, June 21 – 8:00PM – Preview
Friday, June 22 – 8:00PM
Saturday, June 23 – 1:00PM – Relaxed Performance
Saturday, June 23 – 6:00PM – ASL Interpreted Performance
Sunday, June 24 – 6:00PM