Peterson, Leonard (Canadian playwright librettist, 1917-____), “Almighty Voice,”
a __-minute children’s theatre Amerind tragedy in English, set in _____, ____,
(doubling of 17 characters + extras)
© 1974 by Leonard Peterson;
• in Leonard Peterson’s Almighty Voice (Agincourt, Ontario, Canada: Book Society, 1974);
• script/rights available from source named in Book Society volume.
• Cited in Play Index 1973-1977: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1978), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, p. 255..
• Also, cited in The Brock Bibliography of Published Canadian Plays in English 1766-1978, edited by Anton Wagner (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Press, 1980), ISBN 0-88754-157-7, ISBN 0-88754-155-0.
Almighty Voice (m), a young Cree Indian brave from the One Arrow Reserve at Duck Lake; _____ (m), _____; _____ (m), _____; _____ (f), _____.
“A dramatization for children of the [Canadian] government’s hunt for Almighty Voice, a Cree Indian who was forced into hiding for the crime of stealing a cow to feed his starving people.”—Brock, 250.
• Premiered at Young People’s Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1970.—Brock, 250.
• Research could include Who We Are—Grand Council of the Crees, http://www.gcc.ca/whoweare.htm.
• “Tragedy based on actual incident involving proud Indian, called Almighty Voice, and Canadian Mounties at end of the 19th century, demonstrating the white man’s inhuman treatment of the Indian.”—Fidell, 255.
• Research could include Tom Jackson’s Almighty Voice, a play in four acts, about which see
• Also, research could could include Daniel David Moses’ (1952-____) Almighty Voice and his Wife, a play in two acts (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Canada Press, 2001), ISBN 0887546048, 61 pp., about which see ‘Almighty Voice and His Wife,” Canadian Theatre Review 68 (fall 1991).
• Also, research could include Daniel David Moses’ The Indian Medicine Shows: Two One-Act Plays (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Exile Editions, 1995), ISBN 1550960369, LCCN 98179614, 137 pp., containing “The Moon and Dead Indians,” and “Angel of the Medicine Show.”
• The Onyx Films production of Alien Thunder, repudiated by W.O. Mitchell, its source author, and starring Donald Sutherland, Dan George, and Gordon Tootoosis of the Poundmaker Reserve was filmed entirely at Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Almighty Voice (aka Manitou-Wayo, aka Jean Baptiste, killed by cannon fire Sunday morning, May 30, 1897), Amerind, biography, Canada, children’s theatre, Cree, history, theft.