Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish
Suitable for all ages
By Joseph A. Dandurand
"When you take something from the earth, you must give something back."
Six storytellers spin a tale from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets, about Th’owxiya: the Hungry Feast Dish. The mouth of Th'owxiya holds the most wonderful foods from around the world. But if you steal from her, you will pay a terrible price, for she has developed a taste for children! When Th'owxiya catches a hungry mouse stealing a piece of cheese from her mouth she is furious. To appease the goddess, Kw'at'el (the mouse) must find two young spirits as an offering before the second moon rises or she will eat Kw'at'el's whole family! With the help of two Spa:th (bears), Sqeweqs (raven) and Sasq'ets (sasquatch), Kw'at'el sets forth on a journey for knowledge and forgiveness. Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish has shades of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale and the First Nations story The Wild Woman of the Woods, told through mask and music.
Now accepting inquiries for 2018-2019
Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish appeared as part of Canada 150's The Drum is Calling Festival in 2017, Western Canada Theatre's fall 2017 season and many dates coming up. Check out this fantastic article featuring Tai Grauman and Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish in the Georgia Straight! Please contact the Tour Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604 669 0631 for more information.
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Photos by Jayda Paige Photography. Shown in order: Taran Kootenhayoo, Phaydra Gagnon, Deneh'Cho Thompson, Tai Amy Grauman, Michael Scholar Jr. and Chelsea Rose
Jessie Richardson Awards
Nominated Outstanding Design Set, Costumes and Props – Jay Havens
Nominated Outstanding Composer/Musical Direction – Marguerite Witvoet
Nominated Significant Artistic Achievement for centrally focusing on an Indigenous story – Axis Theatre
“Steeped in tradition.”
“What makes Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish truly unforgettable is its engaging story steeped in tradition."
– Mark Robbins, Vancouver Presents
"This is beautifully done"
"The playwright has woven together meaningful, lively stories from his Kwantlen heritage, centring around the hungry feast dish."
- Patti Flather
"A simple voice"
"Joseph A. Dandurand opens his soul to give a simple voice to complex thoughts and emotions."
— Steven Buechler