Upintheair Theatre Johnny Grant PRESS RELEASE


FEBRUARY 5, 2009

Media Contact:
Cynnamon Schreinert, 604-802-2733

Upintheair Theatre presents the Premiere of Johnny Grant: A Rollicking Adventure Story March 12 to 28 at PTC Studio, Festival House, Granville Island

IN SHORT….Upintheair Theatre presents the world premiere of Johnny Grant: A Rollicking Adventure Story March 12 to 28 at PTC Studio (1398 Cartwright Street) on Granville Island. Tracing the history of his greatgreat- great grandfather, Daniel Martin and David Mott experience the trials and tribulations of a road trip and thrilling ride into the intersection of History, the Search for Ancestry, and a Good Story; directed by Heidi Taylor. Tickets are $20 adults & $15 students/seniorsplus service charge available from www.ticketstonight.ca or phone at 604-684-2787.

IN FULL… Johnny Grant is A Rollicking Adventure Story of Mountain Men, Indian Braves, of Wars and Fortunes won and lost, of Rebellion, Betrayal, Love, Polygamy, and the Death and Birth of a Way of Life. Two guys (Daniel Martin and David Mott) in a 35 year old van crossing the Continental Divide, again and again, are looking for historical clues into one of their families as two secret agents assigned to follow them are intent on having them not discover the truth.

Directed by Heidi Taylor, Johnny Grant: A Rollicking Adventure Story tells the story of Johnny Grant, the son of a Hudson’s Bay Company trader and a Métis woman, born in Edmonton in 1831, and raised by his grandmother in Trois Rivieres. In 1847, at the age of sixteen, he moved to Idaho to be with his father. Over the next twenty years he would become one of the foremost figures in the history of Montana and Idaho - living among the Shoshone Indians, marrying seven women, fathering or adopting 30 children, and building a small fortune establishing the cattle industry in the region. In 1867, tired of the influx of gold prospectors and government officers into the Montana Territory, he sold his concerns and moved his family to Manitoba, where he would become a leading anti-Louis Riel voice in the Métis community and lose his fortune speculating in land scrip. He passed away in 1907 in Edmonton, 100 yards from his place of birth. Johnny Grant is Daniel Martin's great-great-great grandfather.

An ambitious theatrical and historical undertaking, Johnny Grant: A Rollicking Adventure Story blends traditional theatrical forms, video installation, unique puppetry, and robust physical performance. Directed by Heidi Taylor, video by Jamie Nesbitt  (winner of 2007 Sam Payne Jessie Richardson Award), lighting by Darren Boquist, sound design by Joel DeStafano and stage managed by Jeremy Waller, Upintheairs' new play takes the audience on a thrilling ride into the intersection of History, the Search for Ancestry, and Good Story.

Johnny Grant: A Rollicking Adventure Story show Dates and Times:
Preview - Wednesday March 11, 2009 (Pay-What-You-Can)
Opening Night - Thursday March 12, 2009
Show Dates: Wednesday – Saturday, March 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 2009, 8 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Wednesday March 18, 2-for-1 Matinees Saturday March 21 & 28 2 p.m.
Ticket price: Adult $20, Student/Senior $15, at www.ticketstonight.ca or 604-684-2787.

ABOUT UPINTHEAIRTHEATRE Daniel Martin and Dave Mott have been working together to create new plays since forming Upintheair Theatre in 1999. Their most recent work, the sell-out hit 120bpm (with Aiden Maxted) was a site-installed exploration of the Vancouver Rave scene. Johnny Grant: A Rollicking Adventure Story sees them step back in time 150 years for their most ambitious show to date. Other creation and production credits include The Walking Fish Festival (Artistic Producers), Wedgie (co-creators),and Men of the World (producer/creators).