Indian Act is a tribute and thank you to those who survived the Indian Residential School system so that future generations could be free to pursue their lives unhindered by educationally enforced lowered expectations and institutionalized abuse. Seven plays by contemporary First Nations and Metis playwrights cover the broad scope of residential school experiences, all kinds of characters, and no stereotypes, giving voice to those who could not be heard.
About the authors
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (aka Belladonna the Blest) is an emcee, playwright, and agitator. Works for the stage include Reaching for Starlight, Cake, Sound of the Beast, A Man A Fish, They Say He Fell, Salome's Clothes, Gas Girls, Give It Up, The Smell of Horses, and The First Stone. She is co-editor with Yvette Nolan of the Playwrights Canada Press anthologies Refractions: Solo and Refractions: Scenes, and editor of Indian Act: Residential School Plays. DM is the creator of the 54ology and artistic director of New Harlem Productions.
Daniel David Moses, playwright and poet, is a Delaware who was born at Ohsweken, Ontario on the Six Nations lands. Now living in Toronto, he writes and works with Native and cross-cultural organizations. He is the author of Coyote City, nominated for the 1991 Governor General's Award for Drama, and The Dreaming Beauty, Big Buck City, Almighty Voice and His Wife, and The Mite Lines, a book of poetry. He is co-editor with Terry Goldie of An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English.
Falen Johnson is Mohawk and Tuscarora from Six Nations. She is an actor, playwright and emerging dramaturg. She is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School. Selected theatre credits include: The Only Good Indian with Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, The Triple Truth, Savage, Strong Medicine, Death of a Chief, A Very Polite Genocide, and Tombs of the Vanishing Indian all with Native Earth Performing Arts. She has also been seen in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, a co-production between Western Canada Theatre and the National Arts Centre. Recently Falen was seen in The River with Nakai Theatre as well as Tout Comme Elle, a co-production between Necessary Angel and Luminato, and in Where the Blood Mixes with Saskatchewan Native Theatre.
- Winner, Patrick O'Neill Award
Other titles by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Other titles by Daniel David Moses
Conversations about Indigenous Manhood
Coyote City / Big Buck City
Two Plays (Exile Classics Series: Number Twenty-Nine)
A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems
The Exile Book of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama
A Dream Like Mine
(Exile Classics Series Number 16)
Almighty Voice and His Wife
Pursued by a Bear
Talks, Monologues and Tales
An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English
The Indian Medicine Shows
Two One-Act Plays