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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Although the mood darkens with the rape of Patsy Pegahmagahbow and the death of Simon Starblanket, and the Rez descends into chaos with the playing of the hockey game, harmony is eventually restored when Zachary awakens from his nightmare — which has comprised the preceding action in the movve.

Jan 30, Taylor rated it did not like it Shelves: This is not an easy play. Violence, alcoholism, poverty, fetal alcohol syndrome, and cultural decay are all taken on in a brutally unforgiving way.

I think I’m done with Highway.

But I wonder how a native woman dramatist would tell this tale. However, its avalanche of characters, scenes, gimmicks, and themes was too overwhelming–especially because I didn’t find it easy to distinguish between the characters and their motivations, to say nothing of the constant fadings in and out of tiny symbolic scenes dealing with issues that I felt needed more time and gravitas.

That being said, I’m going to address the literary tropes within “Dry Lips”. Mar 06, Irma Mayorga rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 12, Tracy Morton rated it liked it Shelves: Movd hate that Kaphskasing Highway seems to think that girls farting while looking coy is something that should be utilized more than once. Big Joey postures as a warrior, in rebellion against the colonizers.


At the end of the play, you are left with neither a pessimistic nor an liips feeling.

Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing

But it’s one of the least-romanticized views of modern aboriginal life in Canada. An engaging, flowing read, but not in any other sense an easy one. The two acts are very well defined; the first act is very comedy heavy while the second is very tragedy filled and difficult to read in certain spots.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The Wasaychigan Hill hockey rink is a space where post-contact influence and the pain of oppression are not denied. The story is dream-like, chaotic and without order.

The action thus moves between the auditorium and the stage, implicating the audience in the cultural redefinition that the Wailerettes represent. With all of that being said, reading a play can be just as rewarding as kapuslasing novel or volume of poetry. In writing for a Native and non-Native audience, Highway addresses those who both suffered from and were complicit in the longstanding systems of oppression.

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Included within this play are iughta topics which are brushed upon to tease readers and audiences alike, without ever giving up a gratify “Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing” was an alienating read for me. Containing absolutely no female characters besides those mive are raped, drunk and simultaneously pregnantor a sex-partner for one of the many male characters.

Spectators in Contemporary Culture. Also, the stage directions are very detailed and more than are typical in contemporary drama; I think this would likely leave little room for a director to leave their stamp on a production.

Wailing is a wordless cry taken up by the community, and adopted by the female hockey players to mark their own participation in the disruption—a kind of concretizing of the abstract sound of wailing. Just too much with regards to several things: This was assigned reading for a Sports Literature class; that being said I found it to be a very interesting and authentic read.


Aug 16, Smilingplatypus rated it liked it Shelves: 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 also provoke feelings of national affiliation.

Rather than giving an impression of shock, horror, or even discord, these events are moved on from fairly quickly, then remain essentially unaddressed moev the remainder of the play. The characters within are brutally uncouth not only to each other but to the presumed audience as well.

Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway

As Monique Mojica contends, First Nations theatre plays with the conventions and tools of European theatre to create its own decolonizing productions qtd. World Hockey League, they call themselves. Gilbert, Helen, Joanne Tompkins.

Though the written version contains translations in-line, a stage production would necessarily be required to leave one or the other out. Open Preview See a Problem? Read the Rez Sisters too! Want to Read saving….

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Oughhta to Read Currently Reading Read. In Dry LipsNanabush deconstructs, and thereby helps, the community to reconstruct its identity and its sense of unity.

Throughout the play, the action takes place under that watchful eye of Nanabush — the Trickster, the Christ-esque creature that is often omnipresent in Native literature.