Written and Directed by Michael Hollingsworth
The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1534 - 1700
DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR NEW PLAY, PRODUCTION, COSTUMES AND LIGHTING. WINNER – OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN.
New France, the first installment of The History of the Village of The Small Huts, premiered April 1985 at Theatre Passe Muraille. A second production of New France was presented November 2000, to launch VideoCabaret's newly refurbished home at The Cameron House.
New France depicts the first of Canada's several Colonial Periods in four one-act plays: Donnacona & Cartier, Champlain, Brebeuf, and Frontenac. In 1985 the plays were presented together in a four hour long performance each evening, and in 2000 they were split up, with two performed each evening and audiences returning on multiple nights to see the whole show in rep.
Donnacona & Cartier
"Oh the Saguennay..."
Iroquois Chief Donnacona is abducted by Jacques Cartier to the savage and decadent court of King Francois I, the inspiration for resident writer Rabelais. Fired by Donnacona's tales of treasure, Cartier and Lord Robercal return to Canada, where the revenge of the Iriqois halts colonization for half a century.
"Kiss my moccasins..."
Having fought on the losing side of France's religious wars Samuel de Champlain dreams of building a new world in New France, but the Church plans to barter for more than furs. Champlain's alliance with Huronia and his battles with the Iriquois establish a Quebec society which includes the trader Anadabijou, Champlain;s unhappy young bride, and Etienne Brule.
"Black robes, black magic..."
Backed by shiny technologies and bent on martyrdom, Father Brebeuf and the Jesuit Soldiers of God declare war on Huron beliefs. The society of trader Arironta, his wife Agona, and the shaman Arendiwane, is driven to the edge of annihilation, where Iriquois Chief Teganissorens delivers the coup de guerre.
"Remember, your marriage bed will be your death bed..."
Bishop Laval and Intendandt Talon, import Les Filles du Roi to take Les Coureurs de Bois. the court of the Sun King Louis XIV is reflected in Canada by the rakish Governor, Count Frontenac, who seizes control of the fur trade from Lake Superior to The Mississippi, and defends Quebec from an unrelenting war waged by the Iroquois against French expansion.