Salt Baby is a modern comedy about finding out who you really are. A Six Nations woman, Salt Baby’s light skin sets her apart from her relatives, both on the rez and in the city. She’s a fish out of water and, accompanied by her Caucasian boyfriend, Alligator, she’s determined to discover how she fits into her two very different worlds.
Falen Johnson on Salt Baby
“It’s funny! I know there’s a bit of a stigma out there in the world about First Nations theatre being hard and heavy and difficult, but what I wanted to do with this piece was put a mixed audience in the room and say, ‘We’re all Canada now. We’re all here. No one’s getting on a boat and going back home.’”
Falen (fay-len) is Mohawk and Tuscarora from Six Nations Grand River Territory. She is bear clan. Falen is a writer, producer, director, and actor. Her plays Salt Baby, Two Indians, and Ipperwash have played in theatres across the country. Her writing will be appearing in upcoming publications such as Granta Magazine and Brick Literary Journal. She has also been featured in The Canadian Theatre Review and on the Moth Storytelling podcast. Falen has earned TV writing credits for Urban Native Girl (APTN) and was a researcher on Colonization Road (Frog Girl Films). She co-hosts the podcast The Secret Life of Canada with co-creator Leah-Simone Bowen.
Falen Johnson - Playwright & Director
Tamara Marie Kucheran - Set & Costume Designer
Alan Brodie - Lighting Designer
Malcolm Dow - Sound Designer
Jennifer Swan- Stage Manager
Sadie Fox - Assistant Stage Manager
Live & Outreach Events during Salt Baby
Saturday, April 14 at 11 am
Belfry Theatre, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Avenue
Free Event. A live talk show hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie and featuring Falen Johnson (Playwright and Director) and Dakota Ray Hebert (Actor) from Salt Baby, along with experts from the community.
B4Play is streamed live on Facebook. Our podcast of B4Play is available at belfry.bc.ca/podcasts.
Facilitated discussions – audience member to audience member – will follow every evening Mainstage performance of Salt Baby (except Opening Night and Talkback Thursday). These are a great opportunity to share your thoughts and hear fellow patrons’ reactions to the production and the ideas it presents.
Thursday, April 26
Meet some of the actors post-performance when they return to the stage to answer questions and provide insight into the play.
Sunday, May 6 at 2 pm
For our patrons with low or no vision, we offer this VocalEye performance during Salt Baby. Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details.
Salt Baby is generously supported by TD Bank Group and 98.5 The Ocean.
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.
Performance Schedule (April 17 - May 13)
Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Wednesday Matinees at 1 pm (April 25, May 2 and 9)
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm
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