Cottagers and Indians

Back by popular demand from the 2017/18 Season!
directed by Melody A. Johnson
Feb 5 – Feb 24, 2019 in the Extraspace
Opened Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Original Direction by Patti Shaughnessy

There are no real heroes or villains in a story like this,
only people trying to look after their families.”



“I laughed out loud”, “If you like the jokes in Come From Away, then look into Cottagers and Indians.” – The Globe and Mail
“Full of mischievous good humour”, “Sincere and amusing” – Mooney on Theatre
“Light and entertaining” – NOW Magazine
“Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining and all-Canadian form of social satire.” – Vancouver Sun

Wild rice sparks a battle royal between a native farmer and a white cottager, whose increasingly bitter dispute becomes a microcosm for reconciliation. Told with warmth and humour, and encompassing issues of community, respect and ownership, Cottagers & Indians is a tale for our times – and a food fight for the ages.

Approximate running time is 80 minutes with no intermission.

To download a PDF of the house program click here.

Cottagers And Indians is on tour!

Oct 22nd, 2018 – Curve Lake Community Center, Curve Lake
Oct 23rd-Oct 25th, 2018 – Lakeview Arts Barn, Bobcaygeon
Nov 1st – Nov 2nd, 2018 – The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
Nov 3rd – Nov 4th, 2018 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington
Nov 6th – Nov 7th, 2018 – Rose Theatre, Brampton
Nov 9th – Nov 10th, 2018 – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville
Nov 14th – Nov 17th, 2018 – First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, St. Catharines
Nov 20th – Nov 25th, 2018 – Grand Theatre, Kingston
Nov 27th, 2018 – Trent University Showplace, Peterborough
Nov 28th – Nov 29th, 2018 – Market Hall Performing Arts, Peterborough
Dec 1st, 2018 – Stockey Centre, Parry Sound
Jan 26th, 2019 – Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover
Jan 31st, 2019 – The Mask at the community of Rama, Orillia
Feb 1st, 2019 – St Paul’s Centre, Orillia

The cast and crew of Cottagers and Indians would like to thank the Centre for Indigenous Theatre for the loan of the canoe. The canoe frame was constructed by Tim Hill of The Rabbit’s Choice.

Photo of Drew Hayden Taylor by Tom King.

Cast and Crew

sponsored by

  • The Polar Foundation