The Final Inquiry

The Final Inquiry by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Premiered September 30, 2022

Ceremony, tradition, and fraud. In an imagined future a capricious girl prepares for her symbolic role in annual rites that renew commitments to inquests of old. Will she toe the line?

Direction & Dramaturgy by Yvette Nolan*
Featuring Kris Alvarez and Kris Sandoval

Audience advisory: Content may not be suitable for children. 

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The Final Inquiry was written by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
World Premiere commissioned by Burnt Thicket Theatre
direction & dramaturgy by Yvette Nolan*

performed by:
Kris Alvarez (Alora)
Kris Sandoval (Marli)

sound design, recording and audio production by Tim Bratton
production dramaturgy by Yvette Nolan
stage management by Stephen Waldschmidt & Brooklynn Bitner
original music by Darryl Dozlaw, Jordan Daniels, Marc Okihcihtaw and Donny Speidel
image design by Brooklynn Bitner & Stephen Waldschmidt 

Gratefully created on Treaty 6 Territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis; in Hamilton which is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas, land that is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes, land that is also covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation; and in Toronto, which has been the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat (there are many other First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples that call this place home).

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*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT), and under ACTRA's National COVID-19 Response Initiative.

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