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."
Indigenous storytellers spin a tale from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets, about Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish. Her dish holds beautiful foods from around the world but careful, stealing from her is dangerous business because Th'owxiya has developed a taste for children. When Th’owxiya catches a hungry mouse, Kw'atel, stealing a piece of cheese from her mouth she demands two child spirits be brought for her to eat or else, she will eat Kw'atel's whole family.
Ignorant to her power yet desperate to save her family, Kw'atel sets forth on an intense journey to fulfill Th'owxiya's demand. With the help of the Sqeweqs (Raven), two Spa:th (bears), and Sasq’ets (sasquatch), Kw’at’el finds alternate gifts to appease the goddess and the journey becomes one of knowledge, understanding and forgiveness. Sometimes tricking an ancient spirit is the best step forward!
Now accepting inquiries for 2019-20
Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish will be touring theatres and festivals throughout Canada in 2019/20. 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