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    ISBN: 9781772013191 | Paperback

    304 pages | Pub. Date: 20210504
    5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1 D inches
    featured | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
    Rights: WORLD

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Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show is a flamboyant epic, constructed as a series of tableaux, about the struggles of the Métis in the Canadian West. It is a multilayered and entertaining saga with a rodeo vibe, loosely based on Buffalo Bill’s legendary outdoor travelling show. In 1885, following the hanging of his friend Louis Riel, bison hunter Gabriel Dumont fled to the United States. There he was recruited by the legendary Buffalo Bill, founder of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a gigantic outdoor travelling show that re-enacted life in the American West. It made a huge impression on Dumont, and he dreamed of putting together a similar show to tell the story of the struggle of Canada’s Métis to reclaim their rights.

The creative team behind Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show – including ten authors, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, French- and English-speaking men and women – brings Dumont’s dream to life in a captivating, joyously anachronistic saga. The theatrical version of Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show presented by the National Arts Centre was one of a number of exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. (Adapted from nac-cna.ca/en/wildwestshow.)

Cast of 5 women and 5 men, of Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds.

By Jean Marc Dalpé

Playwright, novelist, poet, screenwriter and actor Jean Marc Dalpé is a three-time recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award: for his play Le Chien in 1988, for his anthology of plays Il n’y a que l’amour in 1999, and for his debut novel Un vent se lève qui éparpille (published in English as Scattered in a Rising Wind) in 2000.

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By David Granger

A longtime associate of La Troupe du Jour and a sessional lecturer in drama at the University of Saskatchewan, David Granger has worked for numerous theatre events and companies, including Zones Théâtrales, Persephone Theatre, and the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan festival.

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By Laura Lussier

Laura Lussier has worked as an actor, director, producer, writer, theatre workshop facilitator and TV personality.

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By Alexis Martin

A graduate of the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal, Alexis Martin has appeared in more than 40 stage plays and several movies and TV series, including Les Boys, Beaux Malaises, and Les Parent, and worked with such outstanding directors as Robert Lepage, Pierre Falardeau, Luc Picard and Denis Villeneuve.

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By Andrea Menard

Andrea Menard is a singer–songwriter, writer and actor. A passionate advocate for reconciliation and unity among nations, she conveys the richness of her Métis culture through her live performances, recordings and television appearances.

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By Yvette Nolan

Born in Saskatchewan to an Algonquin mother and an Irish immigrant father, Yvette Nolan graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1997. She is an accomplished playwright: her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Annie Mae’s Movement, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy), and The Unplugging.

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By Gilles Poulin-Denis

Originally from Saskatchewan, Gilles Poulin‑Denis is a writer, translator, director and actor.

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By Paula-Jean Prudat

PJ Prudat was born in a fierce snowstorm in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory. She is a proud Half-Breed of Cree, Saulteaux, Scandinavian, French and Métis Nation (ancestral to Batoche and Red River) blood. PJ is a recipient of the 2017 REVEAL Indigenous Art Award and a finalist for both the K.M. Hunter Award and the Cayle Chernin Award.

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By Mansel Robinson

Mansel Robinson’s voice has been heard across Canada through his plays, which have been staged in Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal; three of them – Ghost Trains (Trains fantômes), Spitting Slag (Slague. L’histoire d’un mineur) and Two Rooms (II [deux]) – have been translated into French by Jean Marc Dalpé. Mansel has received numerous awards and was shortlisted for the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for playwriting.

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By Kenneth T. Williams

Kenneth T. Williams is a Cree playwright from the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan’s Treaty 4 territory, and is the first Indigenous person to earn an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Alberta. His plays have been produced across Canada; they include Care, Café Daughter, Gordon Winter, Thunderstick, Bannock Republic, Suicide Notes, and Three Little Birds.

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Translated by Jean Marc Dalpé

Playwright, novelist, poet, screenwriter and actor Jean Marc Dalpé is a three-time recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award: for his play Le Chien in 1988, for his anthology of plays Il n’y a que l’amour in 1999, and for his debut novel Un vent se lève qui éparpille (published in English as Scattered in a Rising Wind) in 2000.

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Translated by Alexis Martin

A graduate of the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal, Alexis Martin has appeared in more than 40 stage plays and several movies and TV series, including Les Boys, Beaux Malaises, and Les Parent, and worked with such outstanding directors as Robert Lepage, Pierre Falardeau, Luc Picard and Denis Villeneuve.

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Translated by Maureen Labonté

Maureen Labonté is a dramaturge, translator, and teacher.

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