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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In he was invested as a Member of the Order of In the six decades since he was born in a tent in the bush of northernmost Manitoba, Tomson Highway has traveled many paths and been called by many names. The characters in Dry Lips are not simply victims, however.

Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing

Susan Billingham argues that Dry Lips is replete with the destabilization of gender roles, hockey being the most obvious example.

Sep 12, Tracy Morton rated it liked it Shelves: Canadian Association for Theatre Research. With his pregnant girlfriend, the granddaughter of a medicine woman, he intends to visit South Dakota, the site of Native suppression, to celebrate the renaissance of Native culture by dancing with the Sioux.

Reading theatre through the lens of professional sports thus offers new possibilities for thinking about performance, audience experience, and socio-political impact. World Hockey League, they call themselves.

I read it to try to pick a short Canadian play for my intro English course this summer. Wagamese is here tying together the desire to own and dominate the game of hockey with the overarching compulsion to conquer and claim space, cultures, histories, and so on.

Nov 20, Kristal rated it liked it Shelves: Through the hockey-art parallel, Highway seems to be saying that if First Nations people create socially conscious art and uncompromisingly bring it into the Western domain, they can produce ouyhta new.


Despite its horrific events, the end of the play bespeaks hope for the future, as we learn that Zachary, a community member who hopes to bring some degree of economic stability to the reserve by opening a bakery, has dreamt the whole thing.

Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

Looking at the play, however, it is clear that wailing is linked to disruption of the colonial status quo, particularly in the ever-shifting, defamiliarizing figure of Nanabush. May 24, Mina rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 bi “Liked” is not really the right word for this play.

While the female hockey players remain unseen to the audience, we hear both the sounds of pucks hitting the boards and the women shouting at the same time as we see the men screaming at them from the bleachers and Big Joey broadcasting the game.

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Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia – Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

He expresses the difficulty of separating the drive for life kapuskwsing the drive for hockey: The hockey program emanating from the television offers a foreshadowing backdrop that pitches these characters and the fictional community of Wasaychigan Hill into a larger Canadian context that will not only be familiar for many non-Native Canadian audiences but may lipps provoke feelings of national affiliation.

Aug 02, Rick rated it liked it Shelves: Returning to the play, we will devote the remainder of the essay to demonstrate through close textual analysis how hockey comes to stand for the theatre moev a potentially revolutionary space of cultural hybridity.

The play has a few arcs that eventually intersect and burst. As the panel chair, Peter Kuling, states in his call for papers: The wailing, then, is an aural interruption that cannot be fixed; its origins are untraceable, unknowable.

“Voyeurism and Gendered Violence in Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing” by Erica Parnis

Within the first moments of the play, hockey is already an access point to larger issues. Life on the reserve is ugly and there are no easy solutions. Winner of the Floyd S. Spooky Lacroix has embraced Christianity as his salvation, even though it is shown to be at the root of the subjugation of Native peoples.


In this respect, the players amplify rather than diminish their femininity through the appropriation of hockey.

Simon Starblanket, whose last name reifies the positive nature of his quest for the spiritual beliefs of his ancestors, struggles towards self-realization in terms of a lost tradition and spirituality. Post-colonial stages are particularly resonant spaces from which to articulate linguistic resistance to mmove. This article proposes that the revolution at the level of plot extends outward and works analogically with the text itself. The is violence and rape. University of Toronto P, Pierre disrupts this civilized space with news that challenges both the rules of the nation and the rules of hockey.

Aug 16, Smilingplatypus rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 08, Jesse rated it it was ok Shelves: The scene that follows is one of domestic or private conflict between Big Joey and Zachary over their wives and their disparate community projects: If you wish to upgrade your browser ka;uskasing may download Movr or Internet Explorer for Windows.

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Early in the play, Pierre St. She turns the appliance on with tp last bump of her voluptuous hips. Nov 09, Maroosh rated it it was ok. Weird mixture of comedy and disturbing realism.

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