May 27, 2009

Developing Fancy Dancer

Spotlight on playwright Dawn Dumont for FANCY DANCERDawn Dumont (Cree, Metis) hails from Alberta, Canada. She's written for television, radio, and the stage. Three of her plays: The Red Moon (Love Medicine) (2007), Visiting Elliot (2006), and The Trickster vs. Jesus Christ (2005) were produced by CBC Radio. In 2008, she was the head comedy writer for Celebrate: A National Aboriginal Day Special, that was broadcast on CBC Radio and her play, The Common Experience, is scheduled for a 2009 broadcast.

Fancy Dancer deals with the overlooked murders of thousands of Aboriginal women in Canada. The plays asks why society hasn't taken a stronger stance against these murders? How have the media and the police failed to respond? What effect of this lack of concern over their well-being does this have on Aboriginal women and their communities? Fancy Dancer was workshopped during Native Voices 2007 Playwrights Retreat and was featured at the 2007 Indigenous World Theatre Reading Series and the 2008 Two Worlds Native American Theater and Film Festival.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.

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