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First Métis Man of Odesa

First Métis Man of Odesa

Expected to ship: 2024-09-03


  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play 2024


Matt and Masha hit it off during a theatre research trip in Ukraine. At first they seem like opposites: Masha loves the sea, Matt loves mountains. Masha is Ukrainian, Matt is Métis. But the passionate spark ignited between them cannot be denied. Despite the improbabilities of a cross-continental relationship, a few fairy-tale visits overseas solidifies their bond. But when it seems distance could be the only obstacle in their path, a series of extreme circumstances put their commitment to the ultimate test.

Based on actual events, First Métis Man of Odesa is the extraordinary true story of a whirlwind romance that withstands a global pandemic, a surprise pregnancy, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Transcending the usual tropes of documentary theatre, this heartwarming how-we-got-together tale turns art of the here and now into a catalyst for action and a hopeful ode for a better future.


“For all its full-blown drama, First Métis Man of Odesa retains a dreamy charm without ever letting go of the truth.”

- Liane Faulder, Edmonton Journal

“Many of the best tales in the show are so deeply improbable, or so straightforwardly honest, that the plot lines could never have held up as fiction; but as the true stories they are, they triumph.”

- Julia Peterson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“A star-crossed, windswept, war-torn romcom that waltzes back and forth across the threshold that separates dreams from nightmares.”

- Ben Waldman, Winnipeg Free Press