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This Was the World ()

Produced by

Tarragon Theatre

Playwright: Ellie Moon
Director: Richard Rose


Tarragon Theatre – Extra Space


January 28th, 2020 – March 1st, 2020


John, a 60-something white professor of Constitutional Law and Indigenous Rights is unhappy with a new faculty hire. He seeks to draw a student into his conflict with the Dean’s office, which leads to a complaint, which leads to a reprimand, which leads to a breakdown of the man, his daughter, and their understanding of the world.

A play about old power and new ideas, academia and decolonization, language and authority. (


Dakota Ray Hebert Niimi
Brittany Kay Tanya
Kim Nelson Terry
R.H. Thomson John
Rachel VanDuzer Ava

Creative Team

Ellie Moon Playwright
Richard Rose Director
Jillian Harper Assistant Director
Michelle Tracey Set Designer
Michelle Tracey Costume Designer
Michelle Tracey Projection Designer
André Du Toit Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer


Robin Munro Stage Manager
Rosary Spence Cree Dialect Coach
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs Consultant
Yolanda Bonnell Consultant
Wally Wapachee Consultant


Gerry Egan Production Manager
John Thomson Technical Director
Kathleen Johnston Head of Wardrobe
Shaw Forgeron Interim Head of Properties
Andrew Chute Head Carpenter
Lindsay Jenkins Extra Space Technician