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Produced by

Native Earth Performing Arts and Pencil-Neck Theatre

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: T. Berto
Director: Cole Alvis


Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace


August 8th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014


Everything, eventually, ends up downstream.

ROW is about a Cree ‘kept boy’ set in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. The water stains are showing. Recently liberated, Sonny is past his prime and once again on the prowl. As he searches for potential new keepers to trade his sexual allure, his past and future swirl about him like a kaleidoscope.

This production immerses you into Sonny’s world – from residential school, to the street and the back rooms and limousines of the wealthy men who keep him, until he washes ashore. Portrayed by three Aboriginal actors playing different experiences that led him here, Sonny invites you to circle up and join him on a journey through memory.

Billy Merasty, Garret C. Smith and newcomer Dillan Chiblow represent Sonny from three generations along with Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winning musician Cris Derksen featured playing cello live on stage.  (


Dillan Chiblow Sonny 1
Garret C. Smith Sonny 2
Billy Merasty Sonny 3

Creative Team

T. Berto Playwright
Cole Alvis Director
Cris Derksen Music
Cris Derksen Composer
Brittany Ryan
Isidra Cruz Production Designer


Cris Derksen Celloist


Brittany Ryan Stage Manager
Jenny So Production Assistant
Max Telzerow Photography


Gabe Cropley Festival Lighting Designer
Jenn Hewitt Venue Technician
Kai Masaoka Venue Technician
Christopher Ross Venue Technician