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Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Drew Hayden Taylor
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 112
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 1772012149
ISBN-13: 9781772012149

About the Play:

Sir John A is a full-length drama by Drew Hayden Taylor. Bobby Rabbit, in a fit of anger and revenge, convinces his friend to accompany him on a "sojourn of justice," or more plainly, to assist him in digging up Sir John A. Macdonald's bones to hold for ransom. An uproariously funny and sharply inquisitive play from one of Canada's leading Indigenous playwrights,

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion explores the possibility of reconciliation between Peoples and urgently questions past and contemporary forms of Canadian colonialism. Drew Hayden Taylor's twenty-seventh play, Sir John A's characters include Canada's infamous first Prime Minister, red-nosed and pompous, full of patriarchal contempt for those "strange and perplexing Indians," and his contemporary accusers: two Ojibway men and a soul-searching white woman. Bobby Rabbit, Sir John A's irked, Anishinaabe main character, in a fit of anger and revenge, convinces his friend Hugh to accompany him on a "sojourn of justice": to dig up Sir John A. Macdonald's bones 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 young, bright, and opinionated woman fleeing a bad breakup, with conflicting ideas about Sir John A's place in Canadian history. Not to be left out of the argument, Canada's first Prime Minister, broadcasting live from nineteenth-century Ottawa, shows up with opinions of his own. Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion is a powerful satire, a creative debate about the past violences of colonial racism and the as yet untested potentiality of restoring harmony between Peoples in Canada. A contemporary classic by Drew Hayden Taylor.

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion premiered in 2017 at the National Arts Centre (NAC) English Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario.

About the Playwright:

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning Canadian playwright and humourist widely known for his thoughtful and sharply witty observations on Aboriginal subjects and issues. An Ojibwa from the Curve Lake First Nation near Peterborough, Ontario, he is the author of more than 70 works. He has worn many hats in his literary career, everything from performing stand-up comedy at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to serving as artistic director for Canada's premiere Aboriginal theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts.