The Ecstasy of Rita Joe by George Ryga


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Rita Joe is a young Native woman who leaves the reservation for the city, only to die on skid row as a victim of white society’s violence and paternalistic attitudes towards First Nations peoples. As perhaps the best-known contemporary Canadian play and a poetic drama of enormous theatrical power, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe had a major influence in awakening consciousness to the “Indian problem” both in whites and Natives themselves.

Year Printed: 1989
First produced in 1967 by the Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, B.C.

Acts: 2

Male Cast: 15
Female Cast: 5

In the anthology, "Modern Canadian Plays, Volume 1"