Annotated Bibliography of Saskatchewan Plays
This is a touching and irreverent tale of the death and mourning of Duff Finney, a drunk who dies in a cheap motel. God calls him, but Finney is reluctant to leave with wine costing only three dollars a bottle. Tommy, his best pal, discovers Finney’s body. dead and raises an alarm that brings out the best in the fellows of the hotel. They seek a spiritual advisor, but end up with Captain Chip, a new trumpet player for the Salvation Army. Friends mourn Finney as God calls him home.
Sorestad, Glen. “Buffalo Graveyard.” With Ken Kramer, Gordon Tootoosis, and Gabriel Prendergast. Producer, Wayne Scmaltz. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. ARCSK08973T3. 21 Nov. 1981. 10:00. This is an audio art piece best described as a dramatized reading of a poetic history of the death of the buffalo (1870-1893) in Saskatchewan and the bone collection industry that followed.
Stickland, Eugene. “Seven Pairs of Boots.” Ambience. With Lew Weatherall and pianist Eleanor May. Producer Wayne Schmalz. ARCSK13241T1 or R-13241. 26 Oct. 1991. 10:00. Musings of what Beethoven may have been thinking about before making the following entry in his journal in March, 1818: “Seven Pairs of Boots.” Beethoven muses and seethes about many things, like why he must he too poor to afford more than his one pair of boots. When a stranger commented on the poor state of his footwear, he replied, “My Boot is Ill.” He muses on why he must put up with bad boots and idiots. Pondering leads Beethoven to ask himself how many boots does a person need. Beethoven chooses seven: Brutal - “mean-spirited boots”, “angry, snarling around one's ankles” Sensible – Proper, for asking for more money from patrons Celestial – out-of-this-world perfect, beautiful boots Glamorous – for courting: practical, yet urgent and beautiful for Marrying – wedding boots, imposing, high-gloss, purpose-built for Burying – while he fears being buried bootless in a pauper's grave, Beethoven notes it “was good enough for Mozart” Unwearable – when a composition overwhelmed his mind, he retreated to a boot shop. Once inside, he needed an excuse to be there and ordered a pair of boots. They are expensive and unwearable, but he will never get rid of the boots because he remembers inspiration behind them.
with Lee Bells (and Don't Mind Us) and David Ferber. “Don't Shoot the Beaver.” Ambience. Producer Kelley Jo Burke. CBC Saskatchewan, Regina. 2002. 15:00.
This comedy was a prairie-wide co-production written by Eugene Stickland of Alberta, Saskatchewan's Lee Bells with his improvisation troupe Don't Mind Us, and David Ferber from Manitoba. Jason leaves the family farm in Saskatchewan for the “promised land” of Calgary, where he gets a job in a call centre. There he meets Kim, who is also planning to