Annotated Bibliography of Saskatchewan Plays
Claude’s oleander leaves are poisonous if brewed into tea. It is left unclear whether or not Mavis will use her deadly knowledge.
Morrissey, Kim. “Peter Gzowski, Peter Gzowski.” Studio One: Stories Made for Radio. Ed. Wayne Schmalz. Regina, Coteau: 1990. 1-12. First Broadcast on State of the Arts. 2 Feb. 1986. 17:00. Note: Kim Morrissey also appears as Kim Dales. Pam, a lonely and struggling actress, wallows in misery and delusion at home. She fantasizes about being interviewed and then visited by Peter Gzowski.
Mueller, Robin. “Just a Cup of Tea.” Producer Kelley Jo Burke. Ambience. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. [no date]. 12:00. Jack and Jill are walking home after a date. The audience hears both their spoken, polite conversation, and their inner monologues, which are much more honest and lustful. They proceed to Jack’s apartment for Just a Cup of Tea. The inner monologues get steamier. They are in the bedroom before their spoken words actually match their inner desires. The play ends as things get physical.
Mutimer, Ernie. “The Idyll of John Murdoch.” Ambience. With Stephen Arsenych, Jean Freeman, Michael Scholar, Ken Kramer, John Buller, Robert Seale, and Kim Hedoborski. Producer Wayne Schmalz. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. ARCSK09504 or R-9504. 27 July 1985. [no time]. John, a farmer, is recalling the change from “the good old days” to the “good new days.” John speaks of the day Hilda, his wife, almost died of an undisclosed terminal illness (perhaps cancer). As she lay in the farmhouse dying, John went out to the meadow and heard a voice. Then, the world changed. To John’s delight, the following events took place: factory farms were replaced by local, land-loving farmers; strip mining for coal abandoned as people turned to cleaner power sources; peace breaks out across the world; and the radio stations switch from loud, angry rock music to calm, classical music; transportation also evolved - zeppelins replace jets and cars, motorboats, skidoos, and buses are replaced with bikes, canoes, horses and trolleys respectively. John is brought back to reality near the end of the play. The world John has been remembering is his own mental creation. Hilda did die. The shock drove John to retreat into his own, perfect and pleasant, mental reality. He retains awareness of reality while receiving shock treatments. When John hears traffic outside the window, he suffers a fatal heart attack. As John dies, the listener follows him back into his perfect world. He returns to Hilda on the farm in his perfect world.