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Kenneth Williams -- Book Launch

Monday Apr 04 2011 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Winnipeg launch of Thunderstick (Scirocco Drama).

Kenneth T. Williams is an award-winning Cree playwright and journalist from the George Gordon First Nation. His plays Thunderstick, Suicide Notes, AWOL: Aboriginals Without Official Leave and Three Little Birds have been professionally produced across Canada. He recently co-wrote an adaptation of Are We There Yet, a play for young audiences about sexual decision-making. He’s just finished another play for young audiences, Baby Daddy, and is currently working on another TYA play, My Bestest Friend Ever. The sequel to Thunderstick, Bannock Republic, recently had a successful run at Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre.

In Thunderstick, two estranged cousins are paired up to cover a story on Parliament Hill, only to become embroiled in a perceived assassination attempt on the Prime Minister and a government scandal that might be the story of their lives. When their car breaks down, stranding them in the woods in the middle of the night, Jacob and Isaac finally face up to their painful shared past.

Thunderstick is playing from March 31 - April 17 at Prairie Theatre Exchange. Kenneth will be joined by Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas) and Craig Lauzon (Royal Canadian Air Farce), the stars of Thunderstick, at this launch.

See:

Thunderstick

- Trade paperback

by Kenneth T Williams - $14.95 - Add to Cart

Jacob is an alcoholic reporter, his estranged cousin Isaac is a worldly photojournalist just recently returned to CanadaÑand their editor pairs them up to cover a story on Parliament Hill. The problems start when Jacob vomits onto the Prime Minister, an act which is mistaken for an assassination attempt. While in jail, the cousins get information which sends them on a madcap romp to try and track down what might be the story of their lives, involving a government coverup, an international fugitive and a lesbian love nest in the Northern Ontario woods.When their car breaks down, stranding them in the woods in the middle of the night, Jacob and Isaac finally face up to their painful shared past, and come to terms with what has divided them for all these years.Thunderstick has been produced in Toronto, Saskatoon, and Edmonton, where it drew standing-room-only crowds. One paper described the characters as ÒAn aboriginal Oscar and Felix.Ó