Paisley, Brian (Canadian playwright, 19__-____), “Tikta’liktak,”
a __-minute youth theatre dramatization of an Inuit legend in English, set in _____, ____,
(+ extras; protagonist is male but the extras can be played by actors of either sex)
• in Eight Plays for Young People, edited by Joyce Doolittle, Prairie Play Series 6 (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: NeWest Press, 1984), 254 pp., ISBN 0920316905, ISBN 0920316-88-3;
• scripts available from NeWest Publishers Limited, Suite 204, 8631 - 109 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1E8, Canada, containing Rex Deverell’s “Melody Meets the Bag Lady,” 1m3f; William Horrocks’ “Vandal,” 3m1f; or W. O. Mitchell’s “The Day Jake Made Her Rain,” 3m1f;
• rights available from playwright, 51139 Range Road, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8B 1K5, Canada.
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
• Also, cited by Chris Johnson via e-mail cjohns@cc.UManitoba.CA, July 13, 1995; Johnson adds,
_____ (m), _____.
“Tikta’liktak, a young Inuit hunter, survives being stranded on an ice floe with some help from animal spirits.”
“Young boy finds inner strength and resourcefulness on dangerous hunt for starving family.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 281.
Research could include James A. Houston’s (1921-____) Tikta’liktak; an Eskimo legend, written and illustrated by James Houston, 1st edition (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965), LCCN 65-21696 r942, about a “young Eskimo hunter fights for survival while stranded on an isolated and desolate island.” James A. Houston republished this as Tikta’liktak: An Inuit-Eskimo Legend (San Diego, California, U.S.A.: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989, c1965), ISBN 0152877487.
animal, children’s theatre, hunter, ice floe, Inuit, isolation, spirit, survival, youth.