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Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion
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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 112
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 1772012149
ISBN-13: 9781772012149
Cast Size: 1 woman, 3 men
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About the Play:

Sir John A is a full-length comedy by Drew Hayden Taylor. Bobby Rabbit has some unfinished business with Canada's first prime minister. His grandfather's medicine bundle lies mouldering in a British museum, taken long ago from him at residential school. So Bobby enlists the help of two friends to secure a bargaining chip ... and execute a heist so epic in scale none of them may ever see the light of day again. An uproariously funny and sharply inquisitive play from one of Canada's leading Indigenous playwrights.

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion centres on best friends from a reserve who go on a mission to steal the first prime minister's bones in retribution for the theft of sacred First Nations objects a half-century earlier. Bobby Rabbit, in a fit of anger and revenge, convinces his rock star wannabe friend Hugh 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. 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 white 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 infamous first Prime Minister, red-nosed and pompous, broadcasting live from nineteenth-century Ottawa, shows up with opinions of his own. Filled with humour and sorrow, Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion is a bittersweet story about finding life's purpose, knowing when to hang on, and when to let go. 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.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

What people say:

"Who knew the relationship between Canada and her Indigenous people could be so fun? Yes, fun. Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion ... unpacks the issues that divide us in a smart, punchy production bolstered by sharp satire." — The Ottawa Citizen

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

About the Playwright:

Drew Hayden Taylor one of Canada's best known and most prolific Indigenous writers. An Ojibway born on Curve Lake First Nation near Peterborough, Ontario, he has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada's premiere Aboriginal theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. He has been an award-winning playwright (with productions of his work in Canada, the US, and Europe), a journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and documentary filmmaker.