By the Book Productions - Winnipeg, MB
V.23 - One88 
Based on actual reports, writings and speeches, Metis actor John D. Huston (SHYLOCK, Underneath the Lintel, two Sherlock Holmes adventures, A Christmas Carol) and writer Keir Cutler (Teaching Shakespeare) resurrect a government bureaucrat who attempts to justify the unjustifiable: Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s vision for Canada’s Natives and the ongoing repercussions.

A compelling look at what is “civilized”.

Directed by Paul Hopkins (A.D. Shakespeare in the Park, Montreal; Actor: Stratford Festival, More Tales of the City).

John D. Huston

Show Info:
60 Minutes


Parental Guidance

Warnings: Graphic violence, sexual content, racism and xenophobia

Wed July 13 8:45 PM
Thu July 14 7:00 PM
Fri July 15 7:00 PM
Sat July 16 8:45 PM
Mon July 18 7:00 PM
Tue July 19 8:45 PM
Wed July 20 7:00 PM
Thu July 21 8:45 PM
Fri July 22 8:45 PM
Sat July 23 7:00 PM


By the Book Productions—One88


Expertly crafted, poignantly written–well-researched, truthfully stated– MASTERFULLY performed.


Kim Zeglinski


By the Book Productions—One88

The mistreatment of the Indigenous people by the Canadian government through various laws and actions combined with the creation and running of the residential school system (in partnership with the Churches) is the subject of the play by Keir Cutler which makes it necessary for a number of content warnings. It also makes it necessary viewing. Though it is expertly performed it is a very difficult play to watch.

John Huston portrays a government official of the early 1900s brought back to life to attempt to defend their strategies to deal with the Indigenous people who were “in the way of progress”.

Because the play uses the language and labels of that time it is especially jarring. The Indigenous population are barely considered people, their traditions and culture is something to be erased in order for them to become ‘Civilized’.

Shining a light on the horrible truth, so long ignored, is painful but needed. The most haunting line for me comes near the end and is something like “We did this for you”, with you being the modern population of Canada.

I hope a lot of people see this show, and then begin (or continue) on a journey to achieve reconciliation and help heal the wounds of the past.

Murray Hunter