3 Plays by Alanis King is the long-awaited first collection by playwright and director Alanis King who presents three exciting plays interconnected by themes of hope: spiritual (If Jesus Met Nanabush); personal (The Tommy Prince Story) and cultural (Born Buffalo). When Jesus turns up at the Champion of Champions Pow-Wow, the first person he meets is Nanabush. Together they form an odd pair. Nanabush is earthy, irascible, fun-loving. Jesus is formal, introverted, a fish out of water.
At its core, God and the Indian, by celebrated Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing through dialogue. Loosely based on Death and the Maiden by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, the play identifies the ambiguities that frame past traumatic events. Against the backdrop of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has facilitated the recent outpouring of stories from residential school survivors across the country, the play explores what is possible when the abused meets the abuser and is given a free forum for expression.
The (Post) Mistress is a new one-woman musical theatre work written and composed by Cree playwright, composer and classical pianist, Tomson Highway. The (Post) Mistress recounts the adventures of a small-town postmistress, Marie-Louise Faucon, who divines the contents of sealed letters that pass through her hands. Having worked at the same rural post office for many years (in the fictional northern Ontario town of Lovely, just west of copper mining town Complexity), the postmistress becomes deeply involved in the emotional lives of her clients.
Rabbit and Bear Paws Sacred Seven Reader's Theatre is a 30-page Teacher Resource written by educator Tanya Leary to support Chad Solomon's graphic novel set, Sacred Seven. Each Reader's Theatre supports one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Love, Courage, Truth, Wisdom, Humility, Honesty, and Respect. Designed for primary grades one to three each script offers curriculum connections, as well as Differentiated Instruction and Literacy Extensions. The scripts feature the characters from the Sacred Seven series and include Rabbit, Bear Paws, and Strawberry.
Aboriginal drama and theatre in Canada is a rich subject, and this collection marks only a beginning in the process of watching, studying, and understanding its complexity and liberative possibilities. Contributors include: Tomson Highway, Sheila Rabillard, Floyd Favel Starr, Alan Filewood, Reid Gilbert, Drew Hayden Taylor, Robert Nunn, Yvette Nolan, Ric Knowles, Geraldine Manossa, Daniel David Moses, Rob Appleford, Armand Garnet Ruffo.
Stories from the Bush: The Woodland Plays of De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group is a collection of six original plays that were written by De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre. This Indigenous theatre group is well-established and groundbreaking. Among the plays in this collection are the first play to ever be professionally produced in Ojibwe, the first play created using the Four Directions Creation Process and other works that focus on the foundation teachings of Odawa Midewin, using traditional stories to create theatre and explore modern themes on time-honoured values.
Where Stories Meet: An Oral History of De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2007 tells the history from the founders' perspectives of this unique theatre company located on Manitoulin Island. Interviews with Shirley Cheechoo, Tomson Highway, Alanis King, Larry Lewis, Audrey Debassige Wemigwans, Rose Marie and Marjorie Trudeau, Ron Berti, and Joe Osawabine explore the history of the company and each playwright's and director's perspectives on Indigenous theatre in Canada.
Dead White Writer on the Floor uses two literary conventions - theatre of the absurd and mystery novels - to create one of the funniest and thought-provoking plays ever about identity politics. In Act One, six 'savages'; noble, innocent, ignorant, fearless, wise and gay, respectively; find themselves in a locked room with the body of a white writer, which they stash in a closet. None of them can figure out how he died or which of them might have killed him.
Paasteewitoon Kaapooskaysing Tageespichit is the Cree language edition of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, 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 First Nation reality in the dominant Canadian society. Recommended for mature readers. Text is TH Cree.