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Yvette Wong is a girl of mixed heritage growing up in Saskatchewan in the 1950s. Her father is Chinese and he runs a small-town café. Her mother is Cree. When Yvette is 10, her mother extracts a promise from her: that she never tell anyone she is Cree. Yvette holds this secret close to her heart – until the moment she can no longer hide her heritage from herself. Based on the true story of Sen. Lillian Eva Quan Dyck – also a neuroscientist – Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.
This Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre play was written by Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams and stars Northerner Tiffany Ayalik, also a 2017 Juno winner of Indigenous Album of the Year for her part in Quantum Tangle’s Tiny Hands.
The Yellowknife-born Inuk woman studied acting at Red Deer College and at the University of Alberta to graduate with a BFA in acting. As for why she was chosen for this performance, director Lisa C. Ravensbergen said she wanted someone who she trusted to embody the character. This show has been performed nationally.