READ INDIGENOUS: Where the Blood Mixes

October 23, 2018

Winner of a Governor General's Literary Award, Kevin Loring's first full-length play  Where the Blood Mixes (Talonbooks) traces the disastrous aftermath of the residential school system in a small, First Nations community where the Fraser and Thompson Rivers meet.

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From Where the Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring (Talonbooks)

 

MOOCH proudly pays for the beer.

JUNE enters the bar.

 

JUNE
Mooch!

 

MOOCH
Oh shit.

 

JUNE
Can I speak to you a moment? Haat-choo-tza! [Let’s go—Now!]

 

GEORGE
Oh Jeezus, this is going to be ugly.

GEORGE and FLOYD watch the big battle.

 

JUNE
We sat down last night and I poured my heart and soul out, and you sat and listened. And you promised me you wouldn’t steal from me, but you did, didn’t you? DIDN’T YOU?

 

MOOCH
I didn’t, June Bug! I didn’t!

 

JUNE
Where did my money go then? Huh? That was for the phone bill, that money.

 

MOOCH
What money? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

 

JUNE
Don’t insult me! I work, Mooch. I work to try and support us.

 

MOOCH
I know, June Bug, I know.

GEORGE and FLOYD laugh.

 

JUNE
(to FLOYD and GEORGE) SHUT UP!

GEORGE and FLOYD shut up.

 

MOOCH
I never took nothing from you, June Bug, nothing—

 

JUNE hits MOOCH. WHACK!!!
GEORGE and FLOYD burst out laughing.

 

MOOCH
Owww!

 

JUNE
Don’t lie to me! Where’s the rest of my money.

 

MOOCH
I don’t know—

JUNE hits MOOCH again. WHACK!

 

GEORGE
Yup, just like an angel.

 

FLOYD
I feel better already.

JUNE storms over to GEORGE.

 

JUNE
If you see him in here again, you call me, you hear.

 

GEORGE
No, that’s stupid; he’s a grown man. I’m not going to do that.

JUNE advances menacingly.

 

JUNE
Useless sons of bitches!

JUNE storms out of the bar.

 

FLOYD
I’ll call you! Don’t worry, June! If I see him in here, I’ll call you right away!

 

GEORGE
That’s just mean. That’s just cold-blooded.

FLOYD raises his glass.

 

FLOYD
Uh-huh, here’s to June Bug, may all her blows land true.

 

 

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The Author

 

Loring

Kevin Loring is a member of the Nlakapmux (Thompson) First Nation in Lytton, British Columbia. He is currently artistic director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre.

As an actor he has performed in numerous plays across Canada including Marie Clements’s Burning Vision and Copper Thunderbird. He also starred in the 2007 feature film Pathfinder, and co-produced and co-hosted the documentary Canyon War: The Untold Story about the 1858 Fraser Canyon War. He was the recipient of the 2005 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist, Artist in Residence at The Playhouse Theatre Company in 2006, and iPlaywright in Residence at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, in 2010. His first play Where the Blood Mixes, won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script; the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright; and the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don't forget: Buy Where the Blood Mixes or any of our  READ INDIGENOUS books and get this stunning limited-run tote bag featuring colourful artwork from Indigenous visual artists Kaya Joan, Alan Syliboy, Dawn Oman, and Lauren Crazybull until November 15th (while supplies last). And don't forget to check out today's other READ INDIGENOUS feature, Walking in the Woods by Herb Belcourt (Brindle & Glass).

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