Women of the Fur Trade by Frances Koncan
In eighteen hundred and something something, somewhere upon the banks of a Reddish River in Treaty One Territory, three very different women with a preference for twenty-first century slang sit in a fort sharing their views on life, love, and the hot nerd Louis Riel.
Marie-Angelique, a Metis Taurus, is determined to woo Louis (a Metis Libra)—who will be arriving soon—by sending him boldly flirtatious letters. Eugenia, an Ojibwe Sagittarius, brings news of rebellion back to the fort after trading, but isn’t impressed by Louis’s true mediocre na- ture. And Cecilia, a pregnant British Virgo, is anxiously waiting on her husband’s return from an expedition, but can’t resist pining over the heartthrob Thomas Scott (Irish Capricorn), who is actually the one secretly responding to Marie-Angelique’s letters. This will all go smoothly, right?
This lively historical satire of survival and cultural in- heritance shifts perspectives from the male gaze onto women’s power in the past and present through the lens of the rapidly changing world of the Canadian fur trade.
Winner, Toronto Fringe Best New Play Contest 2018
Cast size: 5 actors
Male roles: 2
Female role: 3
Run time: 90 minutes
“A timely, provocative piece of theatre written from a perspective and voice we need to hear.”
- Ian Ross, Winnipeg Free Press
“Not only is the play a fun and clever look at the province’s history, but by weaving in modern slang and references, Koncan (who is of Anishinaabe and Slovene descent) highlights how many Indigenous issues from our past are still relevant today.”
- Stephanie Cram, CBC News