Theatre by the Bay presenting groundbreaking Mno Bimaadiziwin

Play surrounds characters preparing to enter a sweat lodge ceremony

Theatre By The Bay has a new offering that centres on Indigenous healing and First Nation experiences within Simcoe County.

Mno Bimaadiziwin tells a tale of the resiliency of love, healing, and community in the face of collective trauma. The title means “A Good Life” and takes place as characters prepare to enter a sweat lodge ceremony on their journey to wellness.

The groundbreaking play is the first new work written by a local Anishinaabe woman to be professionally produced in the area and has been created under the direction of many Indigenous community members. This includes local playwright Ziigwen Mixemong and director Herbie Barnes.

Ziigwen is an incredibly talented emerging artist from our community,” said Artistic Director Iain Moggach. “I am delighted and astonished by the play she has created. It is moving, inventive, and full of hope. It is truly a story for our times, Indigenous or otherwise.”

Theatre by the Bay will work with local Indigenous organizations throughout the run of the show to help build strong relationships to honour the newly established National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. Mno Bimaadiziwin will open on September 24th and the run will consist of 11 performances. The show runs for approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. It contains mature themes and language and is not suitable for audiences under 14. Tickets are available through The Orillia Opera House.