Firehall Arts Centre Presents Sheldon Elter's METIS MUTT
The Firehall Arts Centre is pleased to present Sheldon Elter's Métis Mutt from Wednesday, April 25 to Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Written and performed by Métis actor, writer, stand-up comic, musician and director Sheldon Elter, Métis Mutt recounts the story of Sheldon's coming of age under extremely difficult family and cultural circumstances. The child of a violently alcoholic father, Sheldon struggles to come to grips with his feelings about being the eldest child in an abusive household. Experiencing bigotry from both sides of the racial fence, he attempts to understand both what drives him psychologically and what is important to him culturally.
Nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award (2016-2017), Métis Mutt is a heartbreaking and unpredictable performance piece. Through stand-up comedy, original songs, storytelling and brilliant multi-character vignettes, audiences are invited to share the journey of this young Métis man and watch him pull himself out of a destructive cycle and carve out a creative life for himself.
"I chose to bring Sheldon Elter's Métis Mutt to Vancouver because of the richness and relevance of the storytelling," says Donna Spencer, Artistic Producer at the Firehall Arts Centre. "Utilizing his stand-up comedy and musical skills, Elter has created an entertaining and evocative coming of age story - a story in which he explores his heritage, his own racism, and his journey from being a rebellious party animal to where he is today and how he connects to the world around him."
Métis Mutt is written, performed, and produced by Sheldon Elter
Directed by: Ron Jenkins
Set & Lighting Design/Stage Management by: Tessa Stamp
Sound Design by: Aaron Macri
Projection Design by: T. Erin Gruber
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Photo credit Marc J Chalifoux Photography