Darrell Dennis: Two Plays

By Darrell Dennis
Introduction by Lee Maracle

Darrell Dennis: Two Plays
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Tales of an Urban Indian is a one-person play that follows the trials and tribulations of Simon Douglas, a young Native man who moves from his rural reservation to the big city of Vancouver. This dark comedy examines the issues of race, identity, and assimilation that drive young ... Read more


Overview

Tales of an Urban Indian is a one-person play that follows the trials and tribulations of Simon Douglas, a young Native man who moves from his rural reservation to the big city of Vancouver. This dark comedy examines the issues of race, identity, and assimilation that drive young Aboriginal men to self-destruction.

In The Trickster of Third Avenue East, Roger and Mary are spiralling out of control but are too scared to let each other go. Enter J.C., a mysterious visitor who turns their lives upside down and forces them to confront their darkest secrets. J.C. pushes Roger and Mary into the realm of the supernatural and past the brink of sanity.

Darrell Dennis

Darrell Dennis is a First Nations writer from the Shuswap Nation in the interior of British Columbia. His short stories have been published in periodicals across the country. His work has also been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. Darrell is a produced playwright and an award-winning writer for television. His script Moccasin Flats was an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was later turned into a series for the Showcase Network. His one man show, Tales of an Urban Indian, was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards: Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance by a Male. Darrell is currently working on a novel, a collection of short stories, a feature film script, and is writing for several television series.

Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle is a member of the Stó:lo nation. Born in Vancouver, she grew up on the North Shore. The author of many critically acclaimed novels, including Sundogs, Daughters Are Forever, Ravensong and Celia's Song, she has also published short fiction, Sojourner's Truth and Other Stories and First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style. The granddaughter of the renowned Chief Dan George, she is considered to be a "knowledge keeper" of her people's history, and was one of the founders of the En'owkin Centre, the international school of Indigenous writing in Penticton, B.C. Widely published in anthologies and scholarly journals, she is also the author of Bent Box, a poetry book, the young adult novel, Will's Garden, and the autobiographical narratives of Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and I Am Woman. Currently an instructor and student mentor in the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto, as well as the Traditional Teacher for First Nations' House at Toronto's Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Maracle's writing and contributions to First Nations communities have been recognized by many awards, including the JT Stewart Award, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts for Ontario.

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