What Do They Call Me?
Other Plays by Eva Johnson
Johnson, Eva (Aboriginal Australian playwright, actor, writer, one of the Mulak Mulak people of Daly River in the Northern Territory, Australia, b. 1946-____), “What Do They Call Me?,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, Australia, 1990,
© 1990 by Eva Johnson;
• in Australian Gay and Lesbian Plays, edited by Bruce Parr (Strawberry Hills, New South Wales, Australia: Currency Press, 1996), ISBN 0868194557, a celebration of gay and lesbian sexuality and its diversity in Australian theatre, including Sandra Shotlander's "Is That You Nancy?" (1 Act-2f,, Margaret Fischer's "The Gay Divorcee" (1 Act-1f), Eva Johnson's "What Do They Call Me?" (1 Act-3f), Alison Lyssa's Pinball (2 Acts-4m6f, plus extras), Peter Kenna's "Mates" (1 Act-3m1f), Michael Gow's "Furious" (1 Act-7m9f, doubling possible, plus extras, Michael Gow), Clem Gorman's "A Manual of Trench Warfare" (1 Act-5m), and Alex Harding's "Blood and Honour" (1 Act-2m1f);
• script/rights available from Currency Press, P.O. Box 2287, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012, Australia, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.currency.com.au/contact.aspx, telephone 61 (0)2 9319 5877, fax 61 (0)2 9319 3649.
• Cited by Currency Press, email@example.com.
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"Coming to terms with both lesbian and Aboriginal identity are at the heart of Johnson’s three monologues, which each present a different view of the impact of legislation from the 1940s to 1970s on Aboriginal people.—Currency Press - Search, http://www.currency.com.au/search.aspx?q=What+Do+They+Call+Me, accessed September 21, 2008.
• Premiered 1990.
• Eva Johnson was born in 1946 and belongs to the Mulak Mulak people of Daly River in the Northern Territory. In addition to being a playwright, Johnson is a poet, feminist, political activist, travelling performer and public speaker. In 1993 she was the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded the Australia Council Red Ochre Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Culture. Her plays include When I Die You'll All Stop Laughing, Faded Genes, Mimini's Voices, Murras, Onward To Glory, Tjindarella, What Do They Call Me? and Heartbeat of the Earth. Johnson lives in Adelaide and continues her involvement with the arts.—Currency Press - Product Info | What do they call me? | Eva Johnson, http://www.currency.com.au/product_detail.aspx?productid=1328&ReturnUrl=/search.aspx?q=What+Do+They+Call+Me, accessed September 22, 2008.
• Portrait of Eva Johnson, 1994: digital master of Polaroid bubble-jet print available at National Library of Australia, Pictures collection; nla.pic-an11557364. "This work directly quotes J.M Crossland’s portrait of Nannultera, a young cricketer of the Natives’ Training Institution, Poonindie of 1854 which is on display in the Australian Galleries. In Deacon’s version however, the subject’s cricket bat has been replaced by an axe. The artist has said of this work: 'I felt sorry for Nannultera when I first saw him at the NGA … A few years later I was stumped for image/s as an exhibition opening loomed days away. I looked about. Eva was at my place. Virginia Fraser too … From begging Eva (to pose) and Virginia (to make the set), it took less than an hour to get the image right. Improvising in the laundry. A couple of months later, the NGA and the National Library [who own Nannultera] both bought Eva’s portrait. Now Nannultera won’t have to be alone; Eva Johnson, writer, will keep him company.'"—DEACON, Destiny, http://nga.gov.au/Retake/retake_art2/fi/0000000f.htm, accessed September 22, 2008.
abandonment, happiness, Jewishness, lesbianism, self-esteem.