The Ecstasy of Rita JoeFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889220003 | paperback / softback

$17.95 | 128 pages | Pub. Date: 1970
6.00 W × 9.00 H × 0.35 D inches
Drama | Backlist | Bisac: DRA013000
ISBN 13: 9780889220003 | Rights: WORLD

Rita Joe is a Native girl who leaves the reservation for the city, only to die on skid row as a victim of white men’s violence and paternalistic attitudes towards First Nations peoples. As perhaps the best-known contemporary Canadian play and a poetic drama of enormous theatrical power, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe had a major influence in awakening consciousness to the “Indian problem” both in whites and Natives themselves.

Cast of five women and 15 men. With a preface by Chief Dan George.

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe premiered November 23, 1967 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Rita Joe was a landmark in more ways than one. It was—and remains—a play for all seasons and for all peoples.”
— Vancouver Province

By George Ryga

In 1967, George Ryga soared to national fame with The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which has since evolved into a modern classic. A self-proclaimed artist in resistance, Ryga takes the role of a fierce and fearless social commentator in most of his plays, and his work is renowned for its vivid and thrilling theatricality. George Ryga died of stomach cancer in Summerland, BC, in 1987 and will always be remembered and cherished as one of Canada’s most prolific and powerful writers. His memory was publicly honoured at the BC Book Prizes ceremony in 1993.

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news | 2012-03-17
Commentary Upon Vancouver Playhouse Closure

…was also Jaimie Paul in George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which premiered in 1967. It was thrilling then …


news | 2012-03-12
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…that are still being performed today, from The Ecstasy Of Rita Joe by George Ryga in 1967, to The Overcoat by Morris …


news | 2010-06-08
The George Ryga Papers

…Canada’s best known English-language play, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, is one of Canada’s most prolific authors. …