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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the emotional story of a woman’s struggle to acknowledge her birth family. Grace, a Native 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.

Though it stands on it’s own, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the second play in a heartwrenching trilogy that began with Someday and concludes with 400 Kilometres.

Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

ISBN 13: 9780889223844 | ISBN 10: 088922384X
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 112 pages
$17.95 CAN / $17.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000


“In everything that’s been said and written about Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, the word most often employed is timely. … Twenty years on and, sadly, ‘timely’ is still an apt descriptor. Despite commissions, inquiries, debates, and protest movements, blessed little has improved for Canada’s First Nations. ”
Georgia Straight

“Ojibway humourist Drew Hayden Taylor was one of the first writers to tackle [the Sixties Scoop, as it has come to be known] … Columpa C. Bobb, who played Barb in the Firehall [Arts Centre] premiere 20 years ago, directs this new … production of Only Drunks and Children that feels both timely and dated.”
Vancouver Sun

“This is a fine show … thanks for Drew Hayden Taylor’s writing … He can make you laugh one minute, then cry the next, and leaves you with lines and images that you will remember long after the curtain comes down. This is not just a great Native production. This is a great production. Period.”
—Richard Ouzounian, CBC


Winner of the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award Small Theatre: Outstanding New Play

About the Contributors

Drew Hayden Taylor

Hailed by the Montreal Gazette as one of Canada’s leading Native dramatists, Drew Hayden Taylor writes for the screen as well as the stage and contributes regularly to North American Native periodicals and national newspapers. His plays have garnered many prestigious awards, and his beguiling and perceptive storytelling style has enthralled audiences in Canada, the United States and Germany. One of his most established bodies of work includes what he calls the Blues Quartet, an ongoing, outrageous and often farcical examination of Native and non-Native stereotypes.

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Dead White Writer on the Floor

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Buz'Gem Blues, The

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