Songs of Love and Medicine, one work
comprised of two plays with music, offers a First Nations perspective on the
war of the sexes.
Playwright Daniel David Moses', a coroner of the theatre who slices open the
human heart to reveal the fear, hatred and love that have eaten away at it,
according to the Globe and Mail's Kate Taylor (in response to The Indian Medicine
Shows), dives into the great divide and comes up with these non-identical
twins, twins, a dark farce and a bright tragedy.
The Ballad of Burnt Ella re-imagines a
too familiar story by trying to answer the question - What if Cinderella had
been a Mohawk girl with a prince of a guy in her heart and Country and Western
music on her mind?
A Song of the Tall Grass expands an old
Lakota ghost story, using a contemporary First Nation a cappella singing style
that has roots in powwow, jazz and spirituals, to find healing for the wounds
our wild hearts cause us.
Phil Kalmanovitch, Amber Mills, and Robin Willis working with Daniel David Moses
(playwirght) and Colin Taylor (director).
Mother Mary played by Claire Wynveen is comforted Mariette played by Amber
Mills and Ella Smoke played by Kat Sandler
played by Amber Mills and Marilyn played by Robin Willis
Handsome Cloud Woman in mourning
Dancing Grass watches Yellow Face dance "The Something like Dragonflies Song"
The lovers, Quick Thunder and Yellow Face, under the full moon's light
White Turtle Shell Woman and Hollow Horn Woman tends Dancing Grass' wounds after his sun dance at the end of the play
White Turtle Shell Woman has a vision of the ghost of Yellow Face
embracing Quick Thunder