to the deer
Aadam and Hawa, the first Muslims in creation…or are they the first Christians?… are expecting. But when Steve, a beautiful, blonde haired, blue eyed traveler from the Northern Kingdoms arrives to the Garden of A'den, Aadam changes. In another world (or maybe not) when Izzy’s family immigrate to small town Alberta, the young queer Muslim boy forges a relationship with a Christian Pastor, Isaac, who endeavors to save his soul from eternal damnation.
As a commission by the Alberta Queer Calendar Project, The Hooves Belonged to the Deer will have a workshop presentation radio play podcast in January 2021.
DIRECTOR: Peter Hinton
DRAMATURGY: Evan Medd
CAST: Makram Ayache, Matt Nethersole, Helen Belay, Mathew Hulshof, Nathan Carroll, and Evan Medd
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Tori Morrison
SOUND DESIGN: Chris Pereira
POSTER DESIGN: Makram Ayache
The lifted reading of "The Hooves Belonged to the Deer" is now available on all podcast services through The Alberta Queer Calendar Project until the end of March 2021.
Check it out here: https://www.queercalendar.ca/bonus-month/
"There is nothing pinched or cautious about the theatrical vision at play in The Hooves That Belonged To The Deer. It has a kind of cosmic expansiveness in its vistas, its theatricality, and its counterpoint of scenes. In a small conservative Christian prairie town, supremely white in palette and power structure, a young Arab Muslim boy, the quintessential outsider, enters the sin/salvation/damnation orbit of a Christian pastor who holds out the temptation of “belonging.” At the same moment, Izzy’s world acquires a fraught, risky erotic dimension; he’s gradually discovering his queerness.
In alternating scenes, “beyond space and time,” we fly into a disorienting, mapless desert, beyond the prairie horizon, into the vision of an ancient Edenic paradise in “the middle of the middle of the middle of the Middle East,” where the tree of forbidden knowledge grows under guard, but the view from the top is irresistible.
It amounts to a cosmology, a new origin mythology no less. And the play, I think, is about how competing mythologies collide, run parallel, and play out, in a love story infiltrated by tradition, and by the toxic inheritance of white colonization." - Liz Nicholls, 12thNight