The Baby Blues by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor is a social satire mixed with a large dose of Indigenous humour about identity, parenthood, powwows, and stereotypes. An aging fancy dancer, a young fancy dancer, an anthropology student with 1/64th Aboriginal heritage, a single-parent mom, and her daughter all meet during a powwow weekend. All participants in this drama learn important lessons about themselves, life, and First Nations cultures.
alterNatives: A Play by Ojibwe playwright sets the stage with a very liberal contemporary couple, Angel, an urban Native science fiction writer, and Colleen, a non-practising Jewish intellectual who teaches Native literature as the pair hosts a dinner party. The guests at this little sitcom soiree are couples that represent what by now have become the cliched extremes of both societies: Angel's former radical Native activist buddies and Colleen's environmentally concerned vegetarian / veterinarian friends.
The Boy in the Treehouse, and Girl Who Loved Her Horses is collection of two plays about the process of children becoming adults by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. In The Boy in the Treehouse, Simon, the son of an Ojibwe mother and a British father, climbs into his half-finished tree house on the vision-quest his books say is necessary for him to reclaim his mother's culture.
The Buz'Gem Blues is the third play in Drew Hayden Taylor's ongoing zany, outrageous, often farcical examination of both Native and non-Native stereotypes in what is to become what he calls his Blues Quartet. Marianne has talked her mother, Martha, into attending an Elders conference with her, where she is to be used as a resource person, even though Martha doesn't believe she has anything to offer anyone.
The Bootlegger Blues - A Play By Drew Hayden Taylor is a situation comedy from award-winning Ojibway playwright, Drew Hayden Taylor. The plot revolves around stereotypical characters set on a contemporary Canadian reserve during a powwow weekend. The central character is a teetotaling, church-going woman whose attempt to raise money for her church by selling beer and food at the powwow results in her attempt at bootlegging. To complicate matters her son is a special constable in training, and her thirty-something daughter is drawn to a fancy dancer.
Toronto at Dreamer's Rock and Education is Our Right: Two One-Act Plays was the first book by critically acclaimed Ojibway playwright, Drew Hayden Taylor. In these two plays, Taylor explores the dilemmas facing Aboriginal youth today. In Toronto at Dreamer's Rock, a teenage youth is torn between the traditions of his people and the lure of urban life. During a vision quest, Rusty meets two people from his Nation - one from 400 years in the past and one from the future.
Someday is a play written by award-winning Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. This play takes place on a fictional Ojibway Indian reserve somewhere in Ontario. It could be set in any Native community in Canada because it deals with a painful time when thousands of Native children were removed from their families during the notorious "scoop-up" of the 1950s and 1960s. Anne Wabung's daughter was taken from her by children's aid workers when the girl was a toddler. Now, 35 years later at Christmastime, Anne's hope to be reunited with her daughter is realized.
The Rez Sisters is the award-winning play by Cree playwright Tomson Highway. Set on the fictional Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve, the seven main characters try to beat the odds at the “world's biggest bingo” game. The play is a powerful portrayal of Native women in contemporary society and combines humour, tragedy and passion. Recommended for university/college level Native Literature courses.
Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing is the award-winning play by Cree playwright, Tomson Highway. The action is set on the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve and focuses on the lives of seven "Wasy" men and the game of hockey. This fast-paced story combines tragedy, comedy and hope. Highway explores contemporary Native Canadian reality in the dominant Canadian society. Recommended for mature readers.
Rose is the eagerly awaited third installment in Tomson Highway’s “rez” cycle—a large-cast musical set on the Wasaychigan Hill Reserve in 1992, reintroducing many of the characters from the first two plays, The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. The play features, as the title suggests, Roses. One Rose has recently become chief of the reserve, a woman who must fight constantly to keep her position and maintain the integrity of her culture.