After a near sell-out run in 2022, the Firehall Arts Centre and Savage Society are bringing back Taran Kootenhayoo’s White Noise as part of the East Vancouver arts presenter’s 40th-anniversary season.
A comedy about two families who have dinner together for the first time during Truth and Reconciliation week, White Noise explores what it means to live in Canada from two different paradigms and asks us to consider how we deal with internalized racism. Do we keep pushing it away and pretend to live safely in our day-to-day?
“It is so exciting to be bringing White Noise back to The Firehall stage,” says the Firehall’s artistic producer Donna Spencer. “White Noise has many comedic moments, is powerful and thought-provoking, and makes us think about our role in reconciliation and our responsibility to gain a greater understanding of the Indigenous people and their history here on Turtle Island and in Canada. The Firehall is proud to be working in partnership with Savage Society on this production and honouring Taran’s legacy.”
An actor, spoken-word poet, and playwright, Kootenhayoo died suddenly in 2020 before White Noise was first performed on stage.
“It’s a wonderful, smart play. It’ll have you thinking and rolling in the aisles. It’s timely. It’s important,” adds Savage Society’s artistic director Kevin Loring. “I’m proud of the work that Taran put into this show, and I’m honoured to have been his mentor for his time here on this earth. I hope you get a chance to see it. kʷukʷstéyp.”
The Firehall Arts Centre and Savage Society present White Noise at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St, Vancouver) from April 15 through May 7. Visit firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.