ABORIGINAL SUMMER PLAY READINGS 2014
Get ready to laugh your mocs off!
The 2014 edition was presented in association with
June 25 – Salt Baby by Falen Johnson, Directed by Melaina Sheldon
Salt Baby is about a young woman who was born and raised on a reserve but is seeking a place of her own in an urban area. She feels out of place on her reserve because she looks “white”, but she feels out of place in the city because she’s not “white”. It’s a play about self-discovery, learning, and discovering the difference between racism, ignorance, and indifference, and while it is not a soul-searching drama, it is indeed a deeper comedy that will leave an impact on the audience.
June 26 – Thunderstick by Kenneth T. Williams, Directed by Patti Flather
Isaac and Jacob Thunderchild are two cousins from the same reserve and haven’t seen each other in 15 years. Isaac is now an accomplished photojournalist who’s covered many wars, mostly in Africa. Jacob is a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen, an alcoholic, and on his third ex-wife. They’re re-united in Ottawa because Isaac has seen enough war and is fleeing some hidden demons of his own. On their very first assignment together, they get arrested because Jacob pukes on Prime Minister Chretien. What follows is an exorcism of the ghosts that haunt these men as they track down the biggest political story of the decade. It’s also pretty funny.