2015-20 > ūtszan (to make something better)

ūtszan (to make something better)


ūtszan (to make something better), Written and performed by Yvonne Wallace

In her final days, Aunt Celia hatches a plan. She refuses to speak English anymore to her niece Margaret, only Ucwalmicwts from now on. This one-woman show unearths Indigenous knowledge, humour, strength and resilience through language reclamation. Margaret discovers that the tools she needs to speak her first language are all around her in the land, stories, and memories.


October 19, 7PM- Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre (Dawson City)
Tickets are $10 Regular Admission, $5 for Youth, Elder and Low-Income
Available at the door only

October 23-26, 8PM- Old Fire Hall (Whitehorse)
Tickets are $25 General Admission and $20 for Youth, Elder and Low-Income. Buy Your Tickets Today
Pay-What-You-Can on Thursday, October 24th. Tickets will be available at the door only.

*The show is 75 minutes, followed by an optional Talkback*
**Recommended for people ages 12 and up**

***A UN Year of Indigenous Languages event***

Playwright: Yvonne Wallace
Director / Sound Designer: Jefferson Guzman
Stage Manager: Andrea Bols
Technical Director: Martin Nishikawa
Production Manager: Léa Roy Bernatchez

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Yvonne Wallace is Ucwalmicw from the Lil’wat Nation, and a graduate from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree program at Capilano University.  Her enthusiasm for playwriting began while she worked at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Later, she graduated with honours from Humber College Theatre Acting program. She has written three plays – Smothered Sweetly, The Last Dance, and ūtszan, which premieres in Whistler, B.C. in September. She is currently writing 7 Misconceptions of a Half-Breed Mother, a tragicomedy about the public-school system.

With gratitude to our co-presenters Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre and Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) and to our Season Partners:

Lotteries Yukon, Integraphics LTD, Air North, Yukon’s Airline, render, What’s Up Yukon and Casey’s Bed and Breakfast