About Blood Lightning

The true story of a Niagara artist reclaiming his ancestral voice


Niagara born-and-raised theatre artist Joseph Recinos has always been from many places at once.

Guatemalan-Canadian theatre artist of Mayan descent, he has been involved with the issues of indigenous peoples in both Central America and Canada.

Blood Lightning addresses our region’s unique role as a border community but at the same time, it tells a kind of story that is very rarely heard: the story of people whose lives do not conform to traditional notions of borders.

This uplifting autobiographical performance uses traditional storytelling, hip hop, movement and poetry, and guides us through the complex terrain that has taken Recinos from Canada to Guatemala to the Standing Rock protests. He emerges offering a deep, optimistic, and affirmative knowledge of the interconnections between diverse people.
Created by Joseph Recinos & Colin Bruce Anthes
Produced by Essential Collective Theatre

Thur 4, Fri 5, Sat 6 Oct 8pm
Sat 6, Sun 7 Oct 2pm
Wed 10, Thurs 11, Fri 12 Oct 8pm

Use of candles, incense and a smudging ceremony are part of these performances.

At FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, in Robertson Theatre.
250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA.



Directed by Colin Bruce Anthes

Set, Lighting and Projections Design by James McCoy

Wardrobe & Props Designed by by Crystal Zettle

Sound Design by Classic Roots

CAST  Joseph Recinos*

Stage Manager – Jessica Campbell-Maracle

Production Manager – Rebecca Walsh

Photography by – Phoenix Rising Studio

Graphic Design by – Lila Bata-Walsh 

* Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association