Annotated Bibliography of Saskatchewan Plays
Local and national CBC networks. Produced by Wayne Schmaltz. Featuring Donald Sutherland. ARCSK09688T1 through ARCSK09692T1 or R-9688 through R-9692. Recorded March 1985. 5 episodes of approximately 55:00. Best defined as a feature rather than a drama or a documentary, this epic explores the state of the Métis people in Canada in 1985, paying specific attention to the history of Louis Riel and the Métis uprising of 1885. It utilizes dramatic treatments of historical figures and events, recorded “testimony” of Métis speakers at commission-like meetings held by the CBC to gather stories, taped interviews and events outside of studio. All are tied together by the post-recorded Commissioner, played by Donald Sutherland, who sometimes speaks as himself.
Dueck, Amy. “Old Beginnings.” Gallery. Produced by Kelley Jo Burke. Recorded at CBC Saskatchewan, mixed 27 April 2001. 10:00. Note: Youth Drama Competition Winner. Lisa and Josie are on an Outdoor Education class field trip. Marti and Josie rekindle a friendship that fell as a casualty to Josie’s quest for cooler friends. Marti helps Josie overcome her fear of water, acquired when Josie's dad drown after falling through the ice while ice fishing.
Ewan, Dolores. “Alexander the Great.” Producer Kelley Jo Burke. Ambience. Archives of Kelley Jo Burke. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. [no date.] 8:00. A children’s drama about a bad King who gambles away his castle then tries to rob the Queen to buy it back. Alexander, the Queen’s new pet dragon, thwarts the King. The Queen punishes the King by making him give Alexander manicures. The King learns that gambling, stealing, and trying to trick your wife will get you nowhere in life.
Fiddler, Mirelda. “My Indian Brother.” With Dion Tootoosis, Thomas Russen, Raine Morren, Jennifer Fiddler, Tessa Deneme, Andrea Menard. Director Kelley Jo Burke. Producer Mirelda Fiddler. Recorded live in the CBC SK Galleria: 18 June, 2004. Aired 21 June 2004. 50:00. The play is an unflinching look at racism in First Nations dating, based on Mirelda's experiences as a Métis woman. Madeline opens the play narrating an introduction to her brother, Tony, calling him “the Cree Casanova.” Madeline and Tony share a father. Madeline's mother was white. Tony's mother was Cree. Tony is a shameless womanizer, but eventually falls in love with a Métis woman, Dana. The relationship gets serious. Linda, one of Tony’s past loves, accuses Tony of turning his back on his community. Unaware that Dana is within earshot, Tony later tells Madeline that “We can't keep marrying out, or we'll disappear.” The exchange hurts both Dana and Madeline. Madeline trumps Tony’s racist musings with “I just thought that people who love each other make a good home.” The play ends with Tony trying to make up with Dana, but it is unclear if their relationship will recover.