Recent drama written by Drew Hayden Taylor. He examines the personal interactions between two half-brothers on their first meeting. Jason Pierce knows he is part-Native as he packs up his worldly belongings for a new beginning living on his mother's reserve. He has never known his father but this is going to change. An unexpected knock on his apartment door is from his half-brother, Harry Dieter. Dieter is an American and his dying father is in need of a kidney transplant.
Me Funny is a recent anthology of eleven articles edited by Drew Hayden Taylor that tackle the subject of First Nations and humour. Ten writers from a variety of disciplines were selected to comment on the nature and scope of Native humour in all its forms. In the introduction, Taylor comments that Ojibwe linguist and educator, Basil Johnston, declined an invitation to contribute because he believes any analysis would most likely leave the incorrect impression for many readers. Johnston notes that a real understanding of humour for First Nations rests in their Indigenous languages.
400 Kilometres is the third play in Drew Hayden Taylor's hilarious and heart-wrenching identity-politics trilogy. Janice Wirth, a thirty-something urban professional, having discovered her roots as the Ojibwe orphan Grace Wabung in Someday, and having visited her birth family on the Otter Lake Reserve in Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, is pregnant, and must now come to grips with the question of her true identity. Her adoptive parents have just retired, and are about to sell their house to embark on a quest for their own identity by returning to England.
Futile Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway: Funny, You Don't Look Like One, #4 is Ojibwe writer Drew Hayden Taylor's final installment of his humour-filled collection of essays and editorials. Topics in this collection cover Indian identity, reserve politics, art, literature, HaidaBucks vs. Starbucks, gay marriage, Christmas, SARS, and world travel. Since this Ojibwe writer's first collection in 1996, Theytus Books has published each offering.
Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the emotional story of a woman's struggle to acknowledge her birth family. Grace, a First Nation girl adopted by a White family, is asked by her birth sister to return to the Reserve for their mother's funeral. Afraid of opening old wounds, Grace must find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present. Ojibwe playwright was the Winner of the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award Small Theatre: Outstanding New Play.
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.
Fearless Warriors by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor is the revised edition of this publication which first appeared in 1998. This collection of short stories takes firm aim at the stereotypes abundant in Canadian society with humour and style. The twelve short stories cover life on the rez, love and relationships, and family themes. The concluding story in this edition is set during the 1990 Oka Crisis and replaces the story in the previous edition. All the stories are told from the first person narrator and are set in contemporary situations.