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The Ministry of Grace

A grand, sweeping story of friendship and redemption.

It’s 1950 in the deserts of Southern California. Evangelist Brother Cain has a booming trade; his tent revival show moves from town to town, fleecing crowds desperate for something to believe in. When he discovers Mary, a Ntlaka’pamux woman from the Nicola Valley, reading the bible, he puts her onstage, renames her Grace, and displays her as a miracle: an Indian who can read.

Written and directed by Tara Beagan.


Mary: Quelemia Sparrow

Brother Cain: Stafford Perry

Clem: Bernard Starlight

Lizzie Mae: Lara Schmitz


Set & Lighting Design: Andy Moro

Composer & Sound Design: Chantal Vitalis

Costume Design: Jolane Houle

Props Master: Ximena Pinilla

Fight & Intimacy Director: Brianna Johnston

SM: Claire Bolton

ASM: Kalena Lewandowski

Elder in Residence: Dustin Walter


Artistic Director: Michelle Thrush

Executive Director: Neil Fleming

Production Manager: Allison Robinson

Cultural Outreach Coordinator: Kayshja Eli

Communications & Marketing Manager: Ninaakii Low Horn


This show contains discussions of historical and contemporary racially-motivated violence, alcohol and tobacco consumption, and several strong racial epithets. It also contains a scene of the aftermath of reproductive violence against a woman.

Recommended for ages 14+


April 13 - 23, 2023


2:00 PM, 7:30 PM


The Grand, 1 Street Southwest, Calgary, AB, Canada

Run Time

135 min + Intermission

Content Warnings

Please see the description. Recommended for ages 14+

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