Cerulean Blue is a comedic play about a struggling blues band invited to participate in a benefit concert for a First Nation community in conflict with governmental authorities. Upon arriving, the band discovers the entire lineup of musical acts has cancelled and they’re left trapped behind barricades. Complicating the matter, there is conflict within the band and the sudden appearance of an old girlfriend makes the event even more perilous. This play by Ojibwe playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor is an homage to fast-moving farces while also addressing Aboriginal issues.
Nicimos: The Last Rez Christmas Story This Christmas season, things have gone awry for the kohkoms of Kiwetinohk. Clare Bear is engaged to be married, Zula Merasty is moving off-reserve and Sihkos Sinclare is in jail. It all comes to fruition at Clare's stagette. Playwright Curtis Peeteetuce is Cree from the Beardy's & Okemasis First Nation. Since 2001, he has had the honour of working with many talented artists in theatre, radio drama, music and film. Curtis is the playwright of the popular Rez Christmas story series, which has been presented since 2001.
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.
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.