The 2022 New Waves Festival

The 2022 New Waves Festival
showcasing Indigenous plays and artists!

By Drew Hayden Taylor

While preparing to move back to the reserve where he was born, Jason Pierce, a half-Native, half-white man, is visited by a stranger.

Harry Dieter claims to be his brother, the acknowledged son of the white man who fathered and then abandoned Jason. Dieter has a reason for finding Jason: their father is dying from kidney failure and they want to know if Jason is a possible match. “Smart, riveting, and yet complex.” (Quill & Quire).

Feb. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 ~ 7:30 pm / Feb. 20 ~ 2 pm


The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan. In a post-apocalyptic world, two women must rely on traditional wisdom for their survival. A participatory reading presented in conjunction with the Reconciliation Playreading Circle. Feb. 4 ~ 7:30 pm

A double bill of one-acts: Trying to Keep Up by Castor Angus. Lovers in their late teens, Archie and Walsh are now married and engaged, respectively. But just how eternal is love? And, Mourning in Rm. 243 by Daniel Puglas. Family members gather in a motel room after a funeral. As the “mourning” begins, the spectre of alcohol in their lives finally becomes too much for one of them. Feb. 13 ~ 2 pm / Feb. 15, 16 ~ 7:30 pm

Scenes from Nanaimo Indian Hospital by Laura Cranmer. A play in the English, Hul’q’umin’um, NuuChahnulth, and Kwak’wala languages, based on the playwright’s stay in the NIH as a young girl. A workshop presentation, with surtitles. Feb. 14 ~ 7:30 pm