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.
Iskooniguni Iskweewuk, The Rez Sisters written in Tomson Highway's first language, Cree. As Tomson explains in his Note on Dialect, in English, this edition is written in the TH dialect of Cree as spoken in northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan. The Rez Sisters, first published in 1988, has gone on to become an internationally critically acclaimed play, included in all major anthologies of Canadian literature world-wide. In honour of the play's 20th anniversary, this Cree version of the Rez Sisters is released by Fifth House.
Misty Lake: A Play is co-written by Dale Lakevold and Darrell Racine about residential school experiences. The main characters in the drama are Patty, 25-year-old Métis journalist, and Mary, a 43-year-old Dene woman, who survived her residential school experiences. Their connections bring up distant and painful memories of childhood and broken families but they also bring forth laughter amid the tears. Each character finds her way back from the pain to begin a path of healing.
The Berlin Blues is a play by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor that captures his characteristic satirical voice. In this play, the setting is a small Ojibwe reserve community facing the dilemma of sacrificing their traditional values for the exploitative economic development proposed by a German-based company. The business proposal drops into the lap of the band office's economic development officer who deals with a German couple who plan a theme-park called Ojibway World.
Where the Blood Mixes: A Play by N'lakap'mux playwright Kevin Loring received the 2009 Governor General's Award for English Drama. This five character play focuses on the character of Floyd and his possible reconciliation and reconnection with his adult daughter. Floyd's alcoholism covers his painful memories of residential school. He struggles to find the courage to meet his daughter who was taken years ago by social services and placed with an urban foster family. Loring states that the play explores themes of life, death and renewal. Mature themes and coarse language.
Monkey Business Theatre written by Robert M. Laughlin and Sna Jtz'ibajom offers readers a unique perspective on the development of Indigenous theatre among the people of Chiapas, Mexico. Robert M. Laughlin is an anthropologist who has worked with Sna Jtz'ibajom, the Tzotzil-Tzeltal Maya writers' cooperative, since the group formed in 1983. He presents information about the cooperative as well as providing the English translation for 12 plays developed by the participants of Sna Jtz'ibajom.