Writer James Baldwin once said, "History is literally present in all that we do."
John Ware Reimagined interweaves the stories of the enigmatic Ware and his wife Mildred with the life of a 20th century-born girl who believes her two identities as an African-Canadian and a fringed-vest wearin' cowgal are incompatible - until she discovers the existence of a Black cowboy who long ago navigated the same tricky river in which she finds herself swimming.Through live music, three talented actors and beautiful archival images, this multi-faceted play moves beyond legend to explore the galvanizing humanity of a complex and influential western hero. It asks what the past has to do with the present.
It began as a short Stampede Centennial tribute to Ware to commemorate his contributions to our western heritage and has grown into a full length work that entwines the narrative threads of John, Mildred and Joni.
The play will have a one week workshop at the Banff Centre in April, a three week rehearsal period in May and June, and a two week run in Calgary in June. [Read More]