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Annotated Bibliography of Saskatchewan Plays

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Friederick, Charles. “The Decision Maker.” Ambience. With Victor Young, Ken Kramer, Michael Scholar, Grant Lowe, and Dianne Fox. Producer Wayne Schmalz. ARCSK09124T1 or R-9124. 25 Feb. 1984. [no time]. Maxwell returns from holiday to find the company he works for in disarray. While Maxwell was gone, the company foundered and a “Decision Maker” took over operations. The executives are out on the ledges of the building, unable to decide to jump. The G.M. is doing junior work. G.M blames “those damned socialist unions” for killing capitalism. The G.M. is fired and joins the other “blue-blooded bums” on the ledge.

Gault, Connie. “The Balloon Man.” Ambience. With Francis Hyland, Rob Roy, Kent Allen, Dennis Dodds, Gaye Burgess, and Tom Rooney. Producer Wayne Schmalz. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. ARCSK13544. 3 Apr. 1993. [no time]. A retired couple, Danielle and Eric, are at poolside drinking. Their daughter, a sculptor, is estranged from them. Danielle, however, continues to write letters to her. Lewis, a former lover of Danielle’s, enters. The three reminisce and exchange barbs about the past, fidelity, power, testicles, happiness, cheerfulness, and parenthood. Title refers to a story Danielle tells of a man on a bus who opened a briefcase full of balloons and nuzzled them. Danielle has an epiphany that those balloons represented his testicles.

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“Dead Awake.” Ambience. With June Mayhew, Bill Hugli, and David Beairsto. Producer Wayne Schmalz. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. ARCSK10947T1. 14 June 1988. [no time]. Three characters converse regarding the life and death of Alberto, an insomniac who has committed suicide after six sleepless years. The three characters, Alberto's wife, doctor, and best friend appear to be attempting to convince themselves that what happened to Alberto was no one's fault. At the play’s end, his wife gives back Alberto's collection of sleeping aids

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    gifts from the doctor and best friend. They are all loud. Alberto’s wife

is left alone in blissful silence.

“Snow Dream.” Ambience. With Nona Luchenski, Chip Chuipka, Kate Gregg, and Connie Gault. Producer Wayne Schmalz. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. ARCSK11651T1. 19 Nov. 1988. 20:00. The central character, Beth, has suffered a stroke that has affected her speech. Her husband and the nurse cannot understand what she is trying to say, but the listener can. Frustrated by her inability to communicate, Beth eventually finds companionship by dreaming of her Grandmother.

“Vance and Verna.” Ambience. With Susan Williamson, Sharon Bakker, Karen Wood, Kate Gregg, and Ian Nestaguard Paul. Producer Wayne Schmalz. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. ARCSK12783T1 or R - 12783. 16 February 1991. 32:13.

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