Briefcase Warriors: Stories for the Stage

Briefcase Warriors: Stories for the Stage

by E. Donald Two-Rivers
     
 

In Briefcase Warriors, a collection of six fast-paced, thought-provoking plays, E. Donald Two-Rivers presents an intricate and multifaceted view of contemporary American Indian urban life. Alternately sad, humorous, or discomfiting, these plays range from one-act vignettes accessible to young adults to extended portrayals of the seedier side of urban existence.

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In Briefcase Warriors, a collection of six fast-paced, thought-provoking plays, E. Donald Two-Rivers presents an intricate and multifaceted view of contemporary American Indian urban life. Alternately sad, humorous, or discomfiting, these plays range from one-act vignettes accessible to young adults to extended portrayals of the seedier side of urban existence. Fast-talking and hard-living, the characters depicted by Two-Rivers struggle to survive the sometimes hostile environs of a society whose members think of them as a vanishing race.

The plays included are: Winter Summit or the Bang-Bang Incident; Forked Tongues; Chili Corn; Coyote Sits in Judgment; Shattered Dream; and Old Indian Trick (An Old Urban Indian Story as Told by an Old Urban Indian Who May Have Lied).

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E. Donald Two-Rivers recognizes the struggle of his people, and many people, against poverty, racism, and inequality. He also recognizes the tonic of humor, an underlying sensibility of human cohesion, and the festivity in the potential for survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806133010
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
American Indian Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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COYOTE: We'll start this proceeding by stating your names, and please do be quick about it. I'm not interested in long explanations, and I'm not interested in your grandmother's history. (Points to Business.) We'll start with you.


BUSINESS: My name is Business. (Makes a slight bow.) My function is to fulfill the material needs of mankind. To see to it that his comfort level is maximized.


COYOTE: (Turns to Technology.) I see! And you are?


TECHNOLOGY: They call me Technology. (Does a courtesy.) My function is to help fulfill the needs of mankind. It is my work, your honor, that tends to fulfill mankind's material needs. (Very Dramatically.) Not Business, as he would have you believe.


COYOTE: Who, may I ask, tends to the spiritual needs?

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Jacquelyn Kilpatrick
There are few published plays written by or about contemporary Native Americans. This volume of plays could only have been written by someone from within the culture and existing in an urban environment. (Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, author of Celluloid Indians)
Kimberly M. Blaeser
wo-Rivers's boldly comic voice and his vision of contemporary American Indians are unique. His comedy is peppered with moments of telling cultural critique. (Kimberly M. Blaeser, author of Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition)

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