alterNatives

by Drew Hayden Taylor

Talon Books | September 15, 2000 | Trade Paperback |

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A very liberal contemporary couple-Angel, an urban Native science fiction writer, and Colleen, a "non-practising" Jewish intellectual who teaches Native literature-hosts a dinner party. The guests at this little "sitcom" soiree are couples that represent what by now have become the cliched extremes of both societies: Angel''s former radical Native activist buddies and Colleen''s environmentally concerned vegetarian / veterinarian friends. The menu is, of course, the hosts'' respectful attempt at shorthand for the irreconcilable cultural differences about to come to a head during the evening: moose roast and vegetarian lasagna. Like all of Drew Hayden Taylor''s work, alterNatives manages to say things about "Whites and Indians" that one is not supposed to talk about-it digs up the carefully buried, raw and pulsing nerve-endings of the unspeakable and exposes them to the hot brightlights of the stage. That he does so with a humour that the politically correct among his audiences continue to miss entirely beneath the sound and fury of their own self-righteous indignation is a measure of his immense talent as a dramatist. In the end, the play is not about cultural differences at all, but instead constitutes a full frontal attack on the personal qualities the sitcom holds most dear and pushes hardest at its audiences: Taylor actually has the temerity to suggest that neither"attitude" nor "sincerity" are enough to address basic human issues, no matter which side of the cultural fence the characters are on. And that''s hard for the pushers of what is considered a globally enlightened culture to take. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: September 15, 2000

Publisher: Talon Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0889224285

ISBN - 13: 9780889224285

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alterNatives

by Drew Hayden Taylor

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: September 15, 2000

Publisher: Talon Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0889224285

ISBN - 13: 9780889224285

About the Book

Native activists and environmentally concerned vegetarians clash over moose roast and vegetarian lasagna. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

From the Publisher

A very liberal contemporary couple-Angel, an urban Native science fiction writer, and Colleen, a "non-practising" Jewish intellectual who teaches Native literature-hosts a dinner party. The guests at this little "sitcom" soiree are couples that represent what by now have become the cliched extremes of both societies: Angel''s former radical Native activist buddies and Colleen''s environmentally concerned vegetarian / veterinarian friends. The menu is, of course, the hosts'' respectful attempt at shorthand for the irreconcilable cultural differences about to come to a head during the evening: moose roast and vegetarian lasagna. Like all of Drew Hayden Taylor''s work, alterNatives manages to say things about "Whites and Indians" that one is not supposed to talk about-it digs up the carefully buried, raw and pulsing nerve-endings of the unspeakable and exposes them to the hot brightlights of the stage. That he does so with a humour that the politically correct among his audiences continue to miss entirely beneath the sound and fury of their own self-righteous indignation is a measure of his immense talent as a dramatist. In the end, the play is not about cultural differences at all, but instead constitutes a full frontal attack on the personal qualities the sitcom holds most dear and pushes hardest at its audiences: Taylor actually has the temerity to suggest that neither"attitude" nor "sincerity" are enough to address basic human issues, no matter which side of the cultural fence the characters are on. And that''s hard for the pushers of what is considered a globally enlightened culture to take. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

About the Author

Drew Hayden Taylor Hailed by the Montreal Gazette as one of Canada''s leading Native dramatists, Drew Hayden Taylor writes for the screen as well as the stage and contributes regularly to North American Native periodicals and national newspapers. His plays have garnered many prestigious awards, and his beguiling and perceptive storytelling style has enthralled audiences in Canada, the United States and Germany. One of his most established bodies of work includes what he calls the Blues Quartet, an ongoing, outrageous and often farcical examination of Native and non-Native stereotypes. Drew Hayden Taylor Hailed by the Montreal Gazette as one of Canada''s leading Native dramatists, Drew Hayden Taylor writes for the screen as well as the stage and contributes regularly to North American Native periodicals and national newspapers. His plays have garnered many prestigious awards, and his beguiling and perceptive storytelling style has enthralled audiences in Canada, the United States and Germany. One of his most established bodies of work includes what he calls the Blues Quartet, an ongoing, outrageous and often farcical examination of Native and non-Native stereotypes.
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