Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. CTE photo. Tomson Highway. Tragi- comedy drama in two acts by Tomson Highway, first produced in. Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing tells another story of the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian. This article reconsiders the place of hockey within Tomson Highway’s play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, ultimately arguing that the re-evaluative.
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It had its “moments” to put it nicely.
I was challenged by kapuuskasing of the characterizations. What I really find fascinating about the future of my life, the life of my people, the life of my fellow Canadians is the searching for this new voice, this new identity, this new tradition, this magical transformation that potentially is quite magnificent.
Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway
By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Big Joey broadcasts over his approved radio station, and Zachary appears with a pie, suggesting that he also is moving forward with his plans for a bakery, first articulated at the beginning of the play; but neither of these initiatives have clear ends.
This inversion of tragedy as comedy is prevalent in Native writing: Early in the play, Pierre St. As a key component of nationalism, we can also moove hockey as not merely an act of appropriation but as a colonizing force, another assimilatory measure.
The formerly stalled community projects are underway and hockey is being played, but the death of Simon and the rape of Patsy Pegahmagahbow complicate this harmony, hanging fo the air as trauma. Written with little room for creative expression on the part of the director, “Dry Lips” is set up as a play with strict ideas ouughta what should be accomplished on stage and in production.
And damn drj it isn’t important. The average literature student struggles with drama more than other genres and very very few literary blogs review books of drama.
The fact that the two words — hockey, life — come together only after an apparent struggle stresses the importance of such struggle to cultural revisioning and revitalization.
The action thus moves between the auditorium and the stage, implicating the audience in the cultural redefinition that the Wailerettes represent. That being said, I’m going to address the literary tropes within “Dry Lips”. The play raises a lot of issues about reservation life and the situation of many First Nations communities in Canada, which is an important goal even if it doesn’t make for comfortable theatre.
Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway | The Canadian Book Review
The male characters, for the most part, do not react positively and feel emasculated by this change. What I really find fascinating about the mvoe of my life, the life of my people, the life of my fellow Canadians is the searching for this new voice, this new identity, this new tradition, this magical transformation that potentially is quite magnificent. In this kapuskassing, Highway frames hockey as a vehicle of resistance against the patriarchal and colonial systems that oppress First Nations women.
Just as the female hockey players force spectators to reconsider what hockey means, so too does Highway force his audience to reconsider what constitutes theatre, and, in so doing, reflect on how they distinguish between First Nations and European culture. This is punctuated with a particularly disturbing scene between Dickie Bird and Patsy. I will also point out that I read the script and haven’t seen it live, which is probably for the best given the aforementioned disturbing bits Tomson Highway is an important playwright.
Perhaps Highway is suggesting that the nightmare of the colonization of the First Nations in Canada must be ougnta and acknowledged, but that it need not preclude the possibility of domestic and social harmony. To view it, click here.
What marks them as Other, as different, is celebrated within the hockey arena.
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I didn’t understand what was going on in certain scenes. I think that every society is constantly in a state of change, of transformation, of metamorphoses. Drinking while pregnant resulting in F.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. On the level of plot, the challenge appears as a number of women in the reservation community of Wasaychigan Hill decide that they want to play and compete in hockey, thereby disrupting already unstable gender roles. He is fluent in French, English and his native Cree. The action of the play is very frantic and scattered at times.
Hera, a woman, is teaching Zachary how to speak his traditional language, but he is still making mistakes. Jan 10, Brad rated it it was ok. Mar 08, Kimberly rated it it was ok Shelves: At an extra-textual level, the presence of Nanabush transforms not just non-Native theatre, but the non-Native worldview by introducing this other mode of perception.