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Someday

A Native American Drama

by Drew Hayden Taylor

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publisher: Fifth House Books
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Someday is a powerful play by award-winning playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. The story in Someday, though told through fictional characters and full of Taylor's distinctive wit and humour, is based on the real-life tragedies suffered by many Native Canadian families.

Anne Wabung's daughter was taken away by children's aid workers when the girl was only a toddler. It is Christmastime 35 years later, and Anne's yearning to see her now-grown daughter is stronger than ever.

When the family is finally reunited, however, the dreams of neither women are fulfilled.

The setting for the play is a fictional Ojibway community, but could be any reserve in Canada, where thousands of Native children were removed from their families in what is known among Native people as the "scoop-up" of the 1950s and 1960s. Someday is an entertaining, humourous, and spirited play that packs an intense emotional wallop.

About the Author

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and journalist. He was born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario. Taylor has authored nearly thirty books, including The Night Wander: A Native Gothic Novel (Annick, 2007) about an Anishinaabe vampire. He also edited Me Funny, Me Sexy and Me Artsy (Douglas & McIntyre, 2006, 2008 and 2015), and has been nominated for two Governor General's Awards. He lives in Toronto.

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Drew Hayden Taylor
has worn many hats in his literary career from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center to being Artistic Director of Canada's premiere Native theatre company Native Earth Performing Arts.

He has been an award-winning playwright a journalist/columnist short-story writer novelist television scriptwriter and has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience. Drew has managed to bridge the gap between cultures by tickling the funny bone.

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"One of the 50 Essential Canadian Plays"
Toronto Star

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Someday

This tragic story, written as a play, tells how one family was shattered by the 1960s “scoop up” of Aboriginal children from the reserves by the Children’s Aid Society. Ann, a middle-aged woman living on a reserve, has just won the lottery. She decides to hire a private detective to find her long lost daughter. Coincidentally, her daughter had just begun to search for her, and when she sees Anne’s name announced in the newspaper, she pays a visit to the reserve. Grace/Janice represents all the goals and aspirations of white society, while the younger daughter, Barb, lives, loves and works within her Aboriginal community and its values. Tensions run high and emotions are intense in this drama, but are offset with humour in the character of Barb’s boyfriend, Rodney.

Taylor is the multi award-winning playwright and Ojibway from the Curve Lake Reserve in Ontario.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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