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Annotated Bibliography of Saskatchewan Plays


Kerr, Susan Williamson, Karen Turner, David Marr, Elizabeth Brown, Lew Weatherall, and Bill Dow. Producer Wayne Schmalz. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. ARCSK13568T1. 12 June 1993. [no time]. Johnny and Annie are living together in Saskatoon. John comes home drunk. Annie throws things at him. Johnny leaves with a head wound that attracts much comment throughout the rest of the play. Annie follows him out the door and falls on the stairs, breaking her leg in three places. Johnny wakes up at Donna’s place, after a drunken one-night-stand that he can’t remember. Annie wakes up in the hospital. Johnny goes home and hears from the landlord, Mr. Johnson, that Annie is in the hospital. In the Hospital, Annie meets Shirley. Shirley fans Annie’s suspicion and anger over Johnny’s infidelities. When Johnny arrives at the hospital, they fight again. Johnny re-injures his cracked skull and Annie adds a broken wrist to her injuries. Despite the pain, they exchange I-love-you’s at the end of the play and embrace, amidst “Ouches.”

Mary Pattison, “Destination Earth.” Prairie Playhouse. Producer: Emrys Jones, Winnipeg, Eastern Network. ARCSK11824T4. August 21, 1952. 30:00. A Martian Family is trying to raise enough money to get back to Mars. The Father tries to sell a science fiction story to a Publisher. The Publisher and his nearly-estranged girlfriend stay with the Martians for a weekend and the Martians and humans explore questions of life, love, and the nature of mankind regarding civility and barbarity. Martians see Earthlings as being two-headed, both destructive and creative. The Martians were attracted to Canada because Canadians have spent years failing to define a typical Canadian. Thus, the Martians hoped to blend in more easily.



“Gold Is Where You Find It.” Summer Fallow. Producer R. S. James. Toronto, Trans-Canada Network. ARCSK11827. September 19, 1955. 30:00. An elementary school class visits the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon. They learn about the museum and Saskatchewan history from: the museum board chair, Joe Phelps; an retired thresher, Mr. Nelson; and their bus-driver, Mr. Peterson. Phelps reveals the facts about the museum. The museum building is an old hangar from Swift Current. 30,000 visitors have toured the museum since it opened the year before. The threshers’ reunion is going to become an annual event. New household displays are being set up. The museum is funded by grants, admission charges, and the provincial government. Curious displays include a stone with a fossil leaf print 60 million years old, ladies side saddle, 1903 Eaton's catalogue, Red River Cart with authentic squeak, cars, even a 1938 Stanley Steamer car. Threshing stories from Nelson, some events are heard as dramatized memories. When the children comment on the antiquated looking thrashing machines, Nelson says that in 50 years, current machinery will seem old. “Machines change, people don't.” Nelson tells of his parent's

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