Salt Baby cast sitting at a round wooden table on set

Salt Baby

Written by Falen Johnson
September 14 – October 1

Duration: approximately 1.5 hours, no intermission

A modern comedy about looking for who you really are.

Salt Baby is a Six Nations woman, whose light skin sets her apart from her relatives, both on the rez and in the city. This play brings heart to the experience of being mixed blood and feeling ‘invisibly ethnic’ while lampooning expectations of what it means to look Indigenous.

Suitable for ages 14+ years (language).  

We respectfully disclose that curated and stock photos in our set design may include images of deceased persons.

 

Salt Baby artwork

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On the mainstage at Theatre Aquarius September 14 – October 1, 2022

“In a modern Canada where citizenship and identity can be complicated, Salt Baby’s story resonates with many while simultaneously illuminating a reality unknown to others.”

“Part personal journey, part coming-of-age romance, Salt Baby explores deep issues with many oblique references to the Indian Act, Bill C-31, the American Indian Movement, traditions, spirituality and blood quantum, doing so with a light touch and plentiful humour.”
– Janiss Lacouvee  Catalyst. Speaker. Writer. Arts Advocate

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

Aris Athanasopoulos

Aris Athanasopoulos

Alligator/Philip

Aris' Bio

This is Aris’ Theatre Aquarius debut. Aris performed in New Jerusalem (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), This Is It (The Blood Project), The Railway Children (Mirvish), Theatre of The Film Noir (Atlas Stage), Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CTP). Aris’ film and television experience includes: Saving Hope (CTV), The Strain (FX), Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC).  Aris did the voice for two seasons of Discovery Channel’s Made By Destruction.  Aris graduated from York University’s Theatre Program (BFA Honours, Acting).

Nicole Joy-Fraser

Nicole Joy-Fraser

Grandfather/Clara/Doctor/Psychic/ Cheryl/Wanda/Elder

Nicole's bio

Nicole makes her Theatre Aquarius debut in Salt Baby. Other selected credits include;  This is How We Got Here,  (Shaw);  Müsik Das Für Ende, (Crows/ Soundstreams);  TOKA, (Theatre Passe Müraille/ LemonTree Creations);  The Rez Sisters, (Stratford);  Having Hope: A Hand Drum Song Cycle, (Talk Is Free);  Ipperwash,  Stag and Doe, Blyth; The Hours That Remain, Magnus; A Man A Fish, (Persephone);  Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline, Charlottetown; The Penelopiad, (Nightwood);  Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, (UK Tour); Jerry Springer – The Opera, (West End); Mamma Mia!, (US Tour/ Mirvish). Nicole’s TV and film credits include: Clarice, (CBS); Baroness Von Sketch, Detention Adventure, (CBC);  Québexit, Telefilm; Jerry Springer-The Opera, (BBC). 

Nicole was grateful to receive a Dora award for Outstanding Ensemble in the Soundstreams/ Signal Theatre production of Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/ Gállábártnit and the Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts Award from Celebration of Nations in 2020. She is a proud bear clan member with mixed Euro-settler, Cree, Beaver and Métis roots from Horse Lake First Nation, AB.



 

Chanin Lee

Chanin Lee

Salt Baby

Chanin's Bio

Chanin makes her Theatre Aquarius debut as Salt Baby. Her film and television credits include Tall Boyz, Meet the Sky, Even in the Silence and Her Water Drum. Chanin trained at Seneca College in Acting for Camera and Voice. Follow Chanin on social @chaninlee.

Jeremy Proulx

Jeremy Proulx

Dad/Terry

Jeremy's Bio

This is Jeremy Proulx’s Theatre Aquarius debut. Jeremy’s work includes Where the Blood Mixes (Teesri Duniya Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Maples Repertory Theatre), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (NAC), King Lear (NAC), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA), Cottagers and Indians (Persephone Theatre), Feather Gardens (Hudson Village Theatre), Bannock Republic, Bent Boy, Crazy Dave Goes To Town (Centre for Indigenous Theatre), Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, A Christmas Carol and Salt Baby (Magnus Theatre). International tour of Red Forest (Belarus Free Theatre) at the Young Vic in London, UK and Teatro Vascello in Rome, Italy. International remounts of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Cardinal Stage Company (USA) and Sheffield Theatres (UK) Upcoming: The Secret to Good Tea (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, 2023). Jeremy’s television and film includes: documentaries ‘Just Another Dead Indian’ (Thunderbird Productions), and Along the Wabash (WTIU and PBS), and the short film ‘In the Beginning Was Water and Sky’ (Heart Shaped Movies). A graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre’s (CIT) full-time conservatory Indigenous Theatre School, Graduate of York University – Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Film & Video – Screenwriting Major. Jeremy has also received the BroadwayWorld.com Award for Best Actor in a Play (Professional Division) for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Alliance Theatre) and Wilde Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play (Flint Repertory Theatre). Jeremy’s website is www.jeremy-proulx.com.

Cole Alvis

Cole Alvis

Director

Cole's Bio

Cole Alvis (she\her) is a Turtle Mountain Michif (Métis) artist based in Tkarón:to with Chippewa, Irish & English ancestors. She is one of the leaders of lemonTree creations, manidoons collective, and AdHoc Assembly, and is on the board of the Dancers Of Damelahamid. Previously, Cole performed in Louis Riel (Canadian Opera Company & National Arts Centre), directed the Dora-nominated bug by Yolanda Bonnell (manidoons collective & Luminato), Lilies by Michel Marc Bouchard (lemonTree creations, Why Not Theatre & Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and, alongside co-director Michael Greyeyes, was Dora-nominated for the Indigenous opera double bill Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit (Signal Theatre, National Sami Theatre Beaivváš & Soundstreams). This spring, she directed a digital presentation of Toka by Indrit Kasapi (lemonTree creations & Theatre Passe Muraille), and alongside Samantha Brown, co-directed White Girls In Moccasins by Yolanda Bonnell (manidoons collective & Buddies In Bad Times Theatre).

Amber Archbell

Amber Archbell

Assistant Stage Manager

Amber's Bio

Amber makes her return to Theatre Aquarius. Previous Theatre Aquarius productions include Educating Rita, Queen Milli of Galt, If I Were YouMary PoppinsThe Sound of MusicLegally Blonde.  Select Canadian theatre credits include: Sorry I’m Canadian, Sleeping Beauty: Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk: PantoThe Birds & The BeesCinderella: PantoHONK!Lucky StiffMarathon of Hope: The MusicalAladdin: Panto, Snow White: PantoRun For Your WifeWeekend ComedyAnnieHigh School MusicalMoon Over Buffalo, (Drayton Entertainment), Sleeping Beauty: Panto (Stirling Festival Theatre), Fefu and her Friends, The Next Room, Really Really (Theatre Erindale), The Amish Project (Green Light Arts), The Raft (MT Space), Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly (Thousand Islands Playhouse).



Bonnie Beecher

Bonnie Beecher

Lighting Design

Bonnie's bio

Bonnie has designed over 400 productions for theatre, opera and dance across Canada and internationally. For theatre Aquarius: Nunsense, Aint Misbehavin, Woman in White. Other work includes productions for National Ballet, Canadian Opera, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Ballet B.C., Shaw and Stratford Festivals, Stuttgart Ballet, Mannheim Ballet, Karlsruhe Ballet, Dortmund Ballet and The Dusseldorf Ballet. Recent productions include Just to Get Married at The Shaw Festival, Swan Lake for the National Ballet and Jane Eyre for the Citadel Theatre. Bonnie has received 15 Dora Nominations and has won the award twice. You can see her work at www.bonniebeecher.com 

Luigi Borghesan

Luigi Borghesan

Production Manager

Luigi's bio

Luigi Borghesan says his favourite part of his job is experiencing a production with an enraptured audience.

A seasoned Production Manager, Luigi works with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Technical Director as well as designers, technical crew and management to bring all of the technical elements of Theatre Aquarius’ productions to our audiences safely, on time and on budget.

Kevin Bowers

Kevin Bowers

Stage Manager

Kevin's Bio

Kevin Bowers makes his Theatre Aquarius debut with Salt Baby. Previous theatre credits include: Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); Follies in Concert (Koerner Hall); Piaf/Dietrich, Strictly Ballroom, Kinky Boots, Once, Oliver!, Racing Demon, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Crazy for You, Les Miserables National Tour (Mirvish Productions); All is Love (Opera Atelier); Aida, Tosca, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Eugene Onegin; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Annie, Mame, Carousel, Peter Pan, Forever Plaid, Move Over Mrs Markham, Run For Your Wife, Dee Snyder’s Rock & Roll Christmas, Obeah Opera. Kevin’s television credits include: four years of stage managing The Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Kevin has a Master of Arts in Theatre History from the University of Essex, England.

Phil Davis

Phil Davis

Knowledge Keeper

Phil's Bio

Phil Davis is of Haudenosaunee descent from both sides of his family. Raised in the Niagara region, he has travelled across the country learning about Our Ways of Life and my Indigenous brothers and sisters’ ways. He’s an active member with his local Friendship Centre, with a dream of economic self-sustainability to build a more sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.

Phil is a volunteer counsellor with the Indigenous Justice Diversion Program and sits on the Advisory council. As well as with the Justice Sharing Table group that oversees the challenges and complexities associated with Indigenous Peoples court.  He was also part of the designation of the Niagara Region as a UNESCO Geopark, which will in turn create some economic opportunities for his community in the coming years. An established community musician, Phil shares Traditional Haudenosaunee songs, is a Pow Wow singer and performs Cree Round dance songs too. He is a co-founder of a 7-piece blues/rock/funk/jazz jam band called Ol’ Child too. 

“I have come to enjoy life at every crossroads because for myself the beauty lies in the unknown.”

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Movement Consultant

Barbara's Bio

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) of mixed heritage originally from Kahnawake, now living in Montreal. Barbara is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer of A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. An award-winning choreographer and dancer for over 25 years, she specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous themes/stories/perspectives by often combining powwow, Haudenosaunee dance, and mainstream contemporary styles to create a fusion of dance that speaks to many different populations and tastes. She has studied in many forms of dance and graduated with a BFA in theatre from Concordia University and from the Native Theatre School.



Christopher Elizabeth

Christopher Elizabeth

Composer

Christoper Elizabeth's Bio
Christopher-Elizabeth (they/them) is a Queer Afro-Indigenous interdisciplinary storyteller, designer, and dramaturg. They have deep interest in the inner world of the audience, which they explore using immersive and interactive design. They challenge audiences to notice the sounds only perceptible when it’s too quiet, to think the thoughts they silence, and to remember their playfulness and wonder that never quite aged away.
Recent and Upcoming Credits
Researcher + Engineer for Pure Research at Nightswimming [Sep 2022-23], Designer + Composer + Engineer for i love the smell of gasoline [Oct 2022], Young Gifted and Black Cohort Member at Obsidian Theatre [Aug 2022-23], Artistic Director for the Analog Double Feature at Pickles Theatre Co.[Oct 2022], Sound Designer + Engineer for The House Key Project at Porchlight Theatre [Jul 2022] Sound Designer + Composer for the Dora Nominated Three Ordinary Men at Cahoots Theatre [Jun 2022]. Assistant Sound Designer + Composer for Hookman at Toronto Metropolitan University [Apr 2022]
Falen Johnson

Falen Johnson

Playwright

Falen's Bio
Falen Johnson is Mohawk and Tuscarora (Bear Clan) from Six Nations Grand River Territory. She is a writer, podcaster, and radio host. Her plays include Salt Baby, Two Indians, and Ipperwash for which she received a Dora Nomination. Her writing has been featured in Brick, The Canadian Theatre Review, and Granta Magazine. She has also written for Urban Native Girl (APTN) and Merchants of the Wild (APTN) and the 2020 Inspire Awards (CBC). She was named “one to watch in 2020 by Maclean’s magazine. And is a 2021 Governor General finalist in the drama category. Falen co-hosts the Secret Life of Canada and is the host of the podcast Buffy both with CBC Podcasts.
Sergey Kublanovskiy

Sergey Kublanovskiy

Sound Design

Sergey's Bio
Sergey Kublanovskiy is Head of Audio at Theatre Aquarius and has worked on Home for The Holidays (Sound Designer/Audio Engineer/Board Operator), Hours That Remain (Sound Designer), Ring of Fire (Audio Engineer/Board Operator). Other credits include Drayton Entertainment: Audio Engineer/Board Operator – Cinderella: The Panto, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Elf: The Musical, Annie, Rocky: The Musical, Greese, Kings and Queens of Country; Associate Sound Designer – Kinky Boots. The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia: Sound Designer/Audio Engineer/Board Operator – A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement, Little Miss County Fair, Around The Piano, Fiddler on The Moose, Happy Together 1967, Folks Like Us, Portia; Sound Designer – Driving Miss Daisy. Sergey would like to thank the Artistic Director Mary Francis Moore, the Production Manager Luigi Borghesan and the production team at the Theatre Aquarius for the opportunity to do what he loves the most once again.
Sean Mulcahy

Sean Mulcahy

Set and Costume Designer

Sean's Bio
For Theatre Aquarius, Renovations For Six. Sean is a Toronto based Designer and Stylist whose work has been seen throughout Canada, the US and Central America. Select companies include: The Stratford Festival, The Obsidian Theatre Co., Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Aquarius, Canadian Stage and Neptune Theatre. Awards include: A Guthrie and The Tom Patterson Award (Stratford Festival); 7 Merritt Nominations, 3 Awarded (Theatre Nova Scotia); Best Group Costume Design (Pride Toronto); 2020 Laureate of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design, (OAC/OAF). Sean is a graduate of York University, MFA candidate (York University 2023), and a member of the Associated Designers of Canada IATSE 659. Sean is also a Design instructor at Toronto Metropolitan University, Chang School for Continuing Education. More: www.seanmulcahydesign.com
Mickey Wagg

Mickey Wagg

Technical Director

Mickey's Bio
Mickey has been the Head of Lighting here at Theatre Aquarius since 2008, working on over 80 productions during that span. Prior to his time here, he has worked as a Lighting Tech, Lighting Designer, or Technical Director at many venues in Southern Ontario including The Hamilton Fringe, Fallsview Casino, Casino Rama, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, fFIDA, Summerworks, The Toronto Fringe, as well as summer festivals at The Regent Theatre in Picton and Bluewater Summer Festival in Kincardine. He attended the Banff Centre for the Arts in the summer of 1998, and graduated from the Theatre Arts – Production program at Humber College in 1997.
Show Running
Jasmine Adomeit- Dresser
Rich Dallaway – Stage Crew
Trent Holubeshen –Lighting
Frances Strong- Wardrobe Maintenance
Set /Props/Paint
Mackenzie Bowles
Nathan Brown
Emily Dyck
Kevin Hutson
Johnny Nuell
Charlotte Peters
Mike Reagan

Special Thanks and Acknowledgements

Theatre Aquarius proudly strengthens and expands our relationships, making valuable and relevant connections with more members of the community. By partnering with various local, national, international arts enterprises, community partners, financial and in-kind supporters, we are able to promote a deeper understanding of our role as a vital part of the community.

This version of Salt Baby was made possible thanks in part to:

Outreach Community Partners

  • Hamilton Regional Indigenous Centre
  • Urban Indigenous Strategy City of Hamilton
  • Indigenous Student Services McMaster
  • NYA:WEH
  • Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg
  • Aboriginal Health Centre De dwa da dehs nye>s
  • ALERT
  • Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
  • Empowerment Squared
  • Mississaugas of the Credit
  • Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
  • Welcome Inn
  • YMCA Newcomer Youth
  • YWCA 
  • Immigrant Working Centre
  • Hamilton You Poets
  • HWDSB and HWCDSB