Esker Mike and his Wife, Agiluk
Agiluk, the common-law wife of a trapper (Esker Mike) in Aklavik, in the Northwest Territories, decides not to sleep with her husband any longer and not to have any more children, in defiance against the disintegration of her world. Her will is broken by the fickleness of Esker Mike and the wiles of the first mate of a tugboat. Her stand for her own, and her children’s, dignity turns into violent tragedy. (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1973)
The New World Order
Five men meet for dinner in a Washington, D.C. restaurant July 25, 1991, to chat and get to know each other prior to the third historic Conference of the Dead. The theme of the conference is the New World Order, that is, the United States and what it has in store for the rest of the world. The host is the conference organizer, John McCrae, the author of “In Flanders Fields.” The group recounts what the United States has done in their respective countries. As the dinner progresses, the conversation turns from banter to anger, conflict and high emotion. The audience becomes immersed in a profound sense of tragedy and disillusion.
The Great Wave of Civilization
This sweeping epic play revolves around the liquor trade in the 1870s, in what is now southern Alberta, and the downfall of the Blackfoot Confederacy. The merchants of Fort Benton, Montana, and the liquor traders in Fort Whoop-Up,across the line in Canada, inflict their American trading ethic on the Blackfeet. One warrior, Little Dog, decides to fight and take vengeance. Music by John Gray. (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1976)
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