Part One of Geography of Fire/La Furie et sa géographie, a new play about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, will be presented for the first time ever at Sudbury Theatre Centre May 18 at 2 p.m.
Written and produced by two-time Governor General Award winning Canadian playwright Colleen Murphy, the play dramatizes four months leading up to Sept. 13, 1759 - the pivotal battle that changed the course of North American history.
The play features 19 actors, most of them from Sudbury, and 12 life-size papier mâché animals created by Copper Cliff artist Suzanne McCrae.
Summoned by the call of a red-throated loon, the characters come out of the earth in 2019 with bits of clothing from 1759 still clinging to their burial shrouds.
They re-enact their experiences and re-live the battle in order to challenge history’s interpretation of this tumultuous time.
Often portrayed in English Canada as nothing more than a dust-up between two generals fighting for their respective kings, the famous battle is a magnificent, tragic resistance against the land-grabbing corporate idea of empire.
Tickets cost $20 each. Visit sudburytheatre.com.