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Almighty Voice and His Wife

Almighty Voice and His Wife
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Daniel David Moses
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 56
Pub. Date: 2006
Edition: Second Scene
ISBN-10: 0887548970
ISBN-13: 9780887548970

About the Play:

Almighty Voice and His Wife is a full-length drama by Daniel David Moses. Almighty Voice is based on a historical figure, a young Cree who was jailed by the North-West Mounted Police in 1895 for slaughtering a government cow for his wedding party. Under threat of hanging he escapes, unleashing a year-long manhunt that gives rise to his status as both accidental martyr and icon.

One of the great plays of Canadian theatre, Almighty Voice and His Wife tells the tale of a young Cree couple. They are blissfully in love and wish to marry. The groom is the historically significant Almighty Voice, a Cree from the One Arrow First Nation in Saskatchewan. The cow he has procured for the feast is stolen. He is arrested and the penalty for killing a cow without a licence is death. His escape leads to the longest man hunt by the Northwest Mounted Police in Saskatchewan's history. What are they going to do? It's still a bit early to go into show business. Almighty Voice and His Wife reimagines this true story from the Saskatchewan frontier within two wildly different acts, moving from an eloquent tale of tragic love to a hilarious post-modern vaudeville act, making it a modern classic about the place of First Nations people in Canada.

Almighty Voice and His Wife had its triumphant debut in 1991 at Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre company, followed by a run in 1992 at Native Earth in Toronto. The play was revived by Native Earth Performing Arts in 2009, and received a positive critical reception in the Origins Festival in London, England. In 2010 it successfully toured to acclaimed audiences across Canada.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man

What people say:

"One of the few plays firmly considered as part of the canon of great Canadian drama...." — EYE Weekly

"...moving, disturbing, funny, confounding and beautiful...." — The Coast (Halifax)

"Moses is a coroner of the theatre who slices open the human heart to reveal the fear, hatred and love that have eaten away at it." — The Globe and Mail

About the Playwright:

Daniel David Moses is a Canadian Aboriginal poet, playwright, editor, and teacher. One of Canada's foremost First Nations writers, he grew up on the Six Nations community south of Brantford, Ontario, on the Grand River. He teaches playwriting in the Department of Drama at Queen's University in Kingston.