The Rez Sisters by Tomson HighwayThe Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway

The Rez Sisters

byTomson Highway

Paperback | December 15, 1992

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This award-winning play by Native playwright Tomson Highway is a powerful and moving portrayal of seven women from a reserve attempting to beat the odds by winning at bingo. And not just any bingo. It is THE BIGGEST BINGO IN THE WORLD and a chance to win a way out of a tortured life.

The Rez Sisters is hilarious, shocking, mystical and powerful, and clearly establishes the creative voice of Native theatre and writing in Canada today.

Tomson Highway is a celebrated playwright, novelist, and children's author. He is the author of the earlier picture books in the Songs of the North Wind trilogy, Fox on the Ice and Caribou Song. He is also the author of the plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, both of which won him the Dora Mavor Moore Award a...
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Title:The Rez SistersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:December 15, 1992Publisher:Fifth House BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:092007944X

ISBN - 13:9780920079447

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Canadian Legend Tomson Highway is, in my opinion, one of the most important Canadian Playwrights to date. This is one of my favourite of his plays - highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from heartfelt, touching, resonant HUGE read for anyone engaging with theatre arts in this age. Highway beat a path for many indigenous playwrights, and has the undeniable ability to approach hard stories with joy and humour. A light read on the surface, but full of allegories and metaphors to talk about trauma in indigenous communities. Yes ALSO there is lots of humour. Recommend for: Canadian theatre artists of any stripes, anyone who wants to counterbalance a "classical" (read: colonial) literary education.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Funny This is a Canadian play about 7 aboriginal women who's big goal in life is to win the "biggest bingo in the world"!! Yes I am serious. The play looks at the ups and downs of living on a reserve but Highway put the aboriginal humour on it. It would be great to see this play perform! This is a nice, quick, light read.
Date published: 2007-10-16

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Tired of losing at Bingo, a group of seven sisters band together to beat the system and secure their financial future. Evoking the harsh realities and impossible dreams that come to life on Canada's Native reserves, The Rez Sisters is at once witty and disturbing. It captures the true nature of reserve life in its strange contradictions of old and new, tradition and distress. Tomson Highway, a Native Canadian from Northern Manitoba, brings these women to life in a play you'll want to stage as soon as you've finished reading it.