The Rez Sisters: A Play in Two Acts

The Rez Sisters features an ensemble cast of sevenwomen dreaming of winning, and working toward raising enough moneyto attend, “The Biggest Bingo in the World,” and one maleactor/dancer in the role of (originally played by theplaywright’s brother ). The play melds thesometimes dark realities of life on an Indian reserve with humourand elements of Aboriginal spirituality.

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 Factory Theatre stages a rare but uneven production of Tomson Highway's The Rez Sisters.

The Rez Sisters – Globe and Mail, December 4, 1986

Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play Nominated for the Governor General's Award 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 ...

The Rez Sisters – Globe and Mail, December 4, 1986

Cast members in rehearsal for The Rez Sisters at the National Theatre in Nuuk, Greenland. The play marks the largest production ever staged in the Arctic capital. (Cheryl Kawaja/CBC)

Disclaimer: I was graciously provided complimentary tickets to attend The Rez Sisters.
Today, he enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. His best known works are the plays, "THE REZ SISTERS," "DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING," "ROSE," "ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT," and the best-selling novel, "KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN." For many years, he ran Canada's premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts (based in Toronto), out of which has emerged an entire generation of professional Native playwrights, actors and, more indirectly, the many other Native theatre companies that now dot the country. Tomson Highway was born December 6th, 1951, in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. Today, he enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, pianist, and songwriter. His best known works are the plays, "The Rez Sisters", "Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing", "Rose", "Eenestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout", and the best-selling novel, "Kiss of the Fur Queen". He ran Canada's premiere Native theater company, Native Earth Performing Arts which was based out of Toronto. He won both the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award, for "The Rez Sisters".Sites like SparkNotes with a The Rez Sisters study guide or cliff notes. Also includes sites with a short overview, synopsis, book report, or summary of Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters.VICTORIA, B.C. – Every seat was taken in the October 7th for a performance of the drama, The Rez Sisters. All the actors were First Nation women and one man whose virtuoso performances were greeted with a standing ovation.
The Rez Sisters comes out this Friday November 9 in the Muir theatre. Be sure to check it out!

THE REZ SISTERS (drama)*Fifth House, Saskatoon, 1988

Victoria, British Columbia...From September 16 - October 19, 2014, the Belfry Theatre will present Tomson Highway's ground-breaking play, The Rez Sisters. Directed by Peter Hinton, The Rez Sisters stars Reneltta Arluk, Tiffany Ayalik, Tantoo Cardinal, Tasha Faye Evans, Waawaate Fobister, Cheri Maracle, Tracey Nepinak and Lisa C. Ravensbergen.

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The Rez Sisters runs at Toronto’s Factory Theatre until Dec. 11.

TALKBACK THURSDAY
Thursday, September 25
Following the 8 pm performance of The Rez Sisters, join some of the actors from the show and your fellow audience members for a 20-minute Q & A session.

The Rez Sisters, starring Tantoo Cardinal, is playing at the Belfry Theatre through Oct. 19.

The Rez Sisters by Shaun Stevenson on Prezi

The natural leader of “the rez sisters,” the 53-year-old Pelajia Patchnose dreams of a life away from the reservation the women refer to as Wasy. After her return from the bingo game, she decides (as Dennis W. Johnston describes in ), to use her leadership talents “to genuinely improve conditions on the reserve rather than just to complain about them.”