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The Only Good Indian… ()

Produced by

Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble

Playwrights: Falen Johnson and Jani Lauzon and Cheri Maracle and Monique Mojica and Michelle St. John
Director: Yvette Nolan


Tarragon Theatre – Extra Space


December 1st, 2007 – December 16th, 2007


With raucous humour and ferocious truth, The Only Good Indian… highlights Aboriginal performers’ struggle to be seen as more than just stereotypes. Spanning a time frame of over a century, this hilariously entertaining as well as chillingly serious work delves back to the Wild West Shows of the 1880′s through the silent film and vaudeville eras, the old Hollywood star system and up to the contemporary experiences of Aboriginal artists in the 21st century. From opera singers to concert violinists, from burlesque dancers to silent film stars, from filmmakers to songwriters; who knew there were so many that came before? In fact, traditional Native music formed the bedrock and inspiration of a new American music widely performed during the first half of the twentieth century. The Europeanization of this music was called Indianist music, and it was used predominantly in silent films and westerns. (


Falen Johnson Rebecca / Molly
Cheri Maracle Kaya / Pauline
Jani Lauzon Mika / Tsianina
Michelle St. John Rachael / Gertrude

Creative Team

Falen Johnson Playwright
Jani Lauzon Playwright
Cheri Maracle Playwright
Monique Mojica Playwright
Michelle St. John Playwright
Yvette Nolan Director
Laird Macdonald Set Designer
Tim Matheson Projection Designer
Erika Iserhoff Costume Designer
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Evelyne Datl Sound Designer
Marie Clements Dramaturge


Isaac Thomas Stage Manager
Micah Barnes Vocal Coach
Michael Greyeyes Movement Coach
Erika Iserhoff Props
Laird Macdonald Props
Laird Macdonald Production Manager
Laird Macdonald Scenery & Construction
Joey Morin Scenery & Construction
Isidra Cruz Additional Sewing
Scott Gorman Crew
Joey Morin Crew
Shanna Miller Crew
Verne Good Crew


Kevin Hutson Extra Space Coordinator