The play is simultaneously set within two different temporalities. How can an audience be expected to stomach this? The cast consisted of all non-Indigenous performers. The Edmonton production also emphasizes the physical violence of Pig Girl,  displaying staged rape, murder and abuse.
Their version used mainly an all Indigenous cast with the expeption of the Killer and Police Officer. Adding more elements of Indigenous culture through ceremony, song, and language to give a greater focus on drawing attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, warning the vulnerability of alcohol and addictions and vulnerabilites that can lead to human sex trafficking.
Jessica Loft Thompson brought the project to Shelby Mitchell-Adams in order to come together in a collaborative effort to raise awareness. They signed a contact and were given permission from Colleen Murphy to make the revisions to the play. Director Constantine Kourtedis and Jessica Loft spearheaded the adaptation by changing the structural format of the play breaking it down into scenes between the Sister and the Police Officer, and the Dying Woman and Killer and Jessica added the cultural elements.
It changed the rhythm and tempo allowing viewers to take the story in slowly and intimately. There were attendees overall and the impact of the play was positively received by those who were in attendance.
A talk back session followed the performance. On the first night a viewer in the audience was awestruck learning five minutes into the play that the subject matter was about the Robert Pickton case. She followed up by telling her family connection with a victim of Pickton and sang a woman's warrior song in memory of her beloved cousin. He ends by stating he believes in the play.
Especially the most painful and hurtful ones? Cree activist Tanya Kappo, for example, refused to watch the play because of its racist title, which she claimed was disrespectful not only to the character in the play, but to all Indigenous women.
And why were we making entertainments out of the suffering of aboriginal women — when for all we knew, a woman could be being tortured in a barn outside Edmonton right now? As an Indigenous woman, this terrifies me. Pig Girl calls for action by creating this glaring microscope facing us to care. Care about the sister, care about the mother and most importantly care for Dying Woman who endures to speak.
Their production opted to separate the characters and the violence rather than having them interact and commit violence towards one another. She supports this decision by stating it is a way of making the violence more impressionistic. Family members of the victims in the Robert Pickton case thanked the cast for their performance.
Many asked whether it was acceptable for a non-Indigenous person to write from an Indigenous perspective, or a racial majority member from the perspective of someone from a racial minority. What happens when the rights of the community to learn about violence butt against the rights of individual victims? How is pain represented responsibly and accountably? How complicit is an artist in histories of exploitation through the very act of presentation and reproduction? Is communal grief appropriative?
What does respectful memorializing look like? What is the role of cultural productions in shaping both cultural memory and political vision?