22 23 Season

Written and Directed by Yolanda Bonnell
Tarragon Theatre in association with Studio 180 Theatre and T.O. Live

October 11 – November 6, 2022

Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00 PM
Sunday: 2:00 PM

Tarragon Theatre
30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1X3


Please Note: Masks and proof of vaccination will be mandatory for this production.

When their Matriarch ends up in a coma, a ma’iingan-wolf clan family gathers together to work through their collective grief and begin to heal from an incident in the past. While the Aunties camp out in the hospital room, the younger cousins spend their time at the Grandmother’s house by the backyard firepit; all while being circled by a cackling crow jokester.

As the veil between the ancestral plane and the earthly realm gets thinner, tensions and emotions are high and vulnerabilities are exposed, revealing the true strength and resilience of the ma’iingan kwe.

Yolanda Bonnell’s My Sister’s Rage is a story about the nuances of holding trauma and joy at the same time and how laughter is medicine.

Featuring: Shandra Spears Bombay, Samantha Brown, Theresa Cutknife, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Ange Loft, Monique Mojica, Pesch Nepoose & Ty Sloane.
Associate Director: Aria Evans
Stage Manager: Victoria Wang
Apprentice Stage Manager: Hazel Moore
Set Designer: Rebecca Vandevelde
Costume Designer: Julia Hodgson-Surich
Lighting Designer: Echo Zhou
Sound Designer: Miquelon Roriguez

Written and Directed by Yolanda Bonnell

Beyond the Stage events
Music as an Act of Resistance

October 11, 2022

7:00 PM


Yolanda Bonnell

Yolanda Bonnell

Playwright and Director

For Studio 180: My Sister’s Rage IN DEVELOPMENT Yolanda Bonnell (she/they) is a Bi/Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, South Asian mixed storyteller and multidisciplinary creator/educator. Originally from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Superior Robinson Treaty territory), their arts practice is now based in Tkarón:to. They are the Co-artistic leader of manidoons collective, that they run with Michif (Métis) artist, Cole Alvis. In February 2020, Yolanda’s four-time Dora nominated solo show bug was remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille while the published book was shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award. Yolanda was the Indigenous artist recipient of the Jayu Arts for Human Rights Award for her work and won the PGC Tom Hendry Drama Award for their play, My Sister’s Rage. Yolanda has taught at schools like York University and Sheridan College and proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors.

School Bookings

Please Note: Masks and proof of vaccination will be mandatory for this production.

Student Group Discount!
Wednesday Matinées: October 26 & November 2 at 1:00 PM

Recommended: Grade 9-12
Curriculum Connections: Drama, English, Writer’s Craft, Indigenous Studies, Canadian History, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Major Themes: Celebrating Indigenous cultures and identities, intergenerational clashes and continuity, gender, sexuality, identity, trauma, resilience, mental health, family and storytelling
Content Warning:  Strong language, sexuality, themes of colonial and sexual violence and suicide.

Contact Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Jessica Greenberg, with questions or to book!

Learn more about our accompanying IN CLASS Workshops here.