Photos by Ed Gass Donnelly
Co-created and co-written by
Lauren Taylor and Erin Brandenburg.
Music by Andrew Penner.
Directed by Lauren Taylor
Dramaturg Lauren Taylor
Instruments by Iner Souster
Set Design by Kevin MacDonald
Performed by Erin Brandenburg, Andrew Penner, Gordon Bolan, Dave McEathron
Reesor tells the story of a pioneer settlement in Northern Ontario during the 1920's. Seen through the eyes of Anna Wiens, a 12-year old Mennonite refugee from Russia and accompanied by a live band playing original handmade instruments, we see the birth, growth and eventual decline of the community. Reesor gives a theatrical look at a forgotten part of Canadian history and the mysteries of the North.
“NNNNN - Using the simplest of storytelling methods, including shadow puppetry and a soundscape played on traditional instruments and found objects, Reesor is grassroots theatre at its best.” - NOW Magazine
“Reesor is an absolutely vital and wonderful addition to the rural Canadian genre, managing to be surprising, optimistic, and utterly original. Bound to be popular with audiences of all ages.” - Torontoist.com