Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club

Voices of a Generation: Three Millennial Plays, with zahgidiwin/love by Frances Koncan

English Apr 25, 2022 Download

About the episode

Voices of a Generation gathers three Canadian plays that crack open millennial stereotypes to reveal a generation’s complex and varied experiences.

Zahgidiwin/love by Frances Koncan, of mixed Anishinaabe and Slovene descent, follows Namid through multiple generations: as a survivor of abuse in a residential school in the 1960s, as a missing woman held in a suburban basement in the 1990s, and as the rebellious daughter of a tyrannical queen in a post-apocalyptic, matriarchal society. A comedy about loss in the era of truth and reconciliation, zahgidiwin/love uses a mash-up of theatrical styles to embody the millennial creative impulse to remix and remake while presenting a vital perspective on what decolonization might look like both on and off stage.

In this month's episode we have playwright and director Frances Koncan (Anishinaabe and Slovene) who is joined by theatre artist and arts supporter Brit Johnston in a conversation about Koncan’s play zahgidiwin/love, “a decolonial comedy about loss - of language, of love, of culture, of land, of knowledge - in the era of truth and reconciliation”.

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