The Ecstasy of Rita Joe by George Ryga
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.
With a preface by Chief Dan George.
The Ecstasy of Rita Joe premiered November 23, 1967 at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Male Cast: 15
Female Cast: 5
In the anthology, "Modern Canadian Plays, Volume 1"