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New Harlem Productions presents

JOB’S WIFE By Yvette Nolan

Him: Every trainbridge you passed under, every first star you saw, you wished let my baby be healthy.

PRODUCTION CREDITS Playwright: Yvette Nolan Director: Donna-Michelle St. Bernard Performers: Keith Barker Falen Johnson Nicole Joy-Fraser Jason O’Brien Set and Costume Designer: Isidra Cruz Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay Sound Designer/Composer: Jason O’Brien Additional Music by: Jennifer Kriesberg Movement Consultants: Waawaate Fobister, Pulga Muchochoma, Michaela Washburn Stage Manager: Isidra Cruz Third Eye: Leah-Simone Bowen Production Photography: Nir Bareket

“Keith Barker does an excellent job of seamlessly switching between the roles of priest, boyfriend, father, doctor and God while Nicole reacts and draws us in to the struggles and difficult decisions that she is facing. “ Panic Manual


Grace thought she wanted a child. Now she’s pregnant and not so sure. In desperation, she prays, and miraculously, her prayers are answered. But the god who answers her is not quite what she expected. For one thing, he’s Native... First produced in Winnipeg in February 1992 by Theatre Projects Manitoba, Job’s Wife is a powerful piece that exposes the raw human need for certainty, pitted against our unwillingness to see unpleasant truths. Since then, Nolan’s work has been seen on stages across Canada and internationally, including Native Earth Performing Arts 2008 production of Annie Mae’s Movement in New Zealand and Australia. The long overdue Toronto premiere of Job’s Wife features compelling performances by Keith Barker (Death of a Chief), Nicole Joy Fraser (Raven Stole the Sun), Falen Johnson (A Very Polite Genocide) and Jason O’Brien (The Elasto Citizens) under the direction of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard.

“I like the psychological and emotional upheaval of the character and that there are no easy answers to her dilemma.� Lynn Slotkin, CBC

LOGISTICS Cast size: 4 Crew size: 2

Duration: 50 minutes

Technical: This show was designed to be flexible, originally playing in Theatre Passe Muraille’s Backspace with lighting designed to accommodate a festival hang and all sound generated live onstage.

“There are just too many things right about Job's Wife.� The More the Merrier, ciut 89.5

PEDIGREE Recognized by NOW Magazine for Outstanding Performances Keith Barker Falen Johnson Outstanding Sound Design Jason O’Brien Outstanding Lighting Design Michelle Ramsay ~



Originally produced in 1992 by Theatre Projects Manitoba under the direction of Yvette Nolan.

Grace: What kind of - almighty being - would listen to wishes made under bridges?

ABOUT NEW HARLEM PRODUCTIONS New Harlem Productions is an artist centred company based in Toronto whose directive is •

to represent marginalized voices • to contribute to vital dialogues through artistic expression • to create a platform for necessary stories to be told Artistic Director Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Advisory Committee Brenda St. Bernard, David Yee, Joan Kivanda, Isaac Thomas, Kern Albert, Philip Adams, Raine Liliefeldt, Sandra LeFrancois, Tara Beagan 416-804-1702

The work of New Harlem Productions is supported through project funding from

Job's Wife  

pitch package for 2009 production