Annotated Bibliography of Saskatchewan Plays
homestead and its machines, from ground breaking to seeding, sweeps, and thresher crews. He also talks about a young boy who grew up wanting to run a threshing outfit. On the threshing crew the fireman was up at 3:30 a.m.; the pitchers started at 5:30; and everyone finished at dark. Nelson also describes how the threshers used the steam whistle as a form of communication through the field. Nelson leaves. Peterson tells kids that Nelson was a thresher-engineer, until he “tangled with a belt” and lost use of his hand. Nelson was the boy who dreamed of running a thresher.
Philpot, Wendy. “Breathless Air.” Producer Kelley Jo Burke. Ambience. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. [no date.] 19:00. The listener fades between two monologues, a man dying in India and his daughter, flying from India to introduce the dying man to her son – his grandson. They muse on life, death, and family connections. The man dies before the daughter can see him. She takes comfort in how she is the connection between her son and her father.
Popov, Mischa. “Casual Fridays.” Producer Kelley Jo Burke. Ambience. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. [no date, time]. A comedic tale of corporate conformity that traces the failures of Wally to fit in at the office. Wally feels pressured to conform to the dress code of casual Friday – which says that no one needs to wear a shirt or tie on Fridays. Wally is accused of “non-compliance with the non-conformance standards of the last day of the work week.” Thus, he is pressured into conforming, taking his shirt off like the rest of the office, to meet the appropriate level of non-conformance. But Wally also arrives shirtless on Monday, for which he’s put down. Eventually, casual Fridays run out of control. Civility erodes. The last scene is a Friday where decorum has degenerated to the point of drums beating while the office-workers hunt their boss through the halls. They plan to do unspeakable things to him with a stapler.
Quandt, James. “Arctic Landscapes.” Arts à la Carte. With Ken Kramer and Linda Huffman. Producer Wayne Schmalz. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. ARCSK05336T1. 2 Feb. 1980. 28:00. Two characters deal with death in a Saskatchewan winter. The narration flows back and forth between the thoughts of two characters, a man and woman. The man is seeking refuge under his snowmobile, which is out of gas. The man is stranded far away from his work-camp. As the man waits to be rescued, he fears he will freeze to death alone. The apparently doomed man muses on death and his insignificance before it. Eventually, the man is found and rescued by his co-workers. His isolation is ended, and he is saved by his community. In the woman’s monologue, she recalls her son’s drowning after he tobogganed onto thin ice and fell through. She describes her son sinking into the water “like a figure on a piece of paper being slowly erased.” Her