Sir John AFront Cover

ISBN: 9781772012149 | paperback / softback

$16.95 | 112 pages | Pub. Date: 2018
5.5 W × 8.5 H × .75 D inches
Drama | Frontlist | Bisac: DRA013000
ISBN 13: 9781772012149 | Rights: WORLD

Sir John A is an uproariously funny and sharply inquisitive new play from one of Canada’s leading Indigenous playwrights.

Bobby Rabbit, the play’s Anishnawbe main character, convinces his friend Hugh to accompany him on a “sojourn of justice” to dig up the bones of Canada’s infamous first prime minister and hold them for ransom. Decades before, a medicine pouch belonging to Bobby’s grandfather was taken away by the staff of the residential school where he was detained. The precious object was sent to a British Museum exhibition room for conservation – and now Bobby wants it repatriated. Along the way the pair pick up Anya, a bright, opinionated young woman who is fleeing a bad breakup and holds conflicting ideas about Sir John A.’s place in Canadian history. Not to be left out of the argument, Sir John A. himself, broadcasting live from nineteenth-century Ottawa and full of patriarchal contempt for those “strange and perplexing Indians,” shows up with opinions of his own.

Taylor’s twenty-seventh play, Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion explores the possibility of reconciliation and urgently questions past and contemporary forms of Canadian colonialism. A contemporary classic!

“Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining and all-Canadian form of social satire.”
Vancouver Sun

By 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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news | 2018-10-15
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