Jake and the Kid: Prairie Seasons by W.O. Mitchell, adapted by James B. Douglas
This play shapes three of Mitchell's Jake and the Kid stories ("The Day Jake Made Her Rain," "Cabin Fever," and "You Gotta Teeter") into a two-act play. It was very successfully premiered by Theatre Orangeville in September 2000:
"By honouring Mitchell's original characters, tall-tale story lines, colourful vernacular dialogue and poetic descriptions of prairies, Douglas successfully brings to the stage the cantankerous hired hand Jake, the Kid, the Kid's ma, and Old man Gatenby, a character that reappears in the stories as Jake's neighbourly nemesis" (The Record);
"On a star scale of five, this show would earn six" (Wellington Advertisor).
Keywords: 1940s; Saskatchewan; farm and small-town life; WWII; faith; resilience; drought; coming of age
Run time: 100 minutes
Male roles: 4 (3 adults, 1 boy)
Female roles: 1
plus roles for "concert kids and community members"