Fair Liberty’s Call

Written by:

Sharon Pollock

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • People of Colour: 1
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

American History
Cross-Dressing
Family
Guilt
History
Murder
Slavery
War

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2002

Synopsis:

In Fair Liberty’s Call, United Empire Loyalist family flees from Boston to New Brunswick during the American Revolution. In late October, 1785, they host a reunion and are joined by two veterans and a stranger whom they assume also to have been a former soldier on the Loyalist side. But the stranger reveals himself to be a Rebel seeking to avenge the death of his brother; at gunpoint he demands that the others choose one among them to be executed at first light.

Characters:

Joan Roberts: late 50s.

Annie Roberts: Joan’s daughter, in her mid-20s.

Eddie Roberts: Joan’s second daughter, in her early 20s, who has dressed and lived as a man since she was 16. She is an ex-captain in Tarleton’s English Legion, a Loyalist in the unit in the American Revolution.

George Roberts: husband of Joan and father of Annie and Eddie, mid 60s.

Major Abijah Williams: mid 40s, formerly a major in Tarleton’s Legion.

Daniel Wilson: mid-20s, ex-coporal in the Legion.

Major John Anderson: early 30s, also a major.

Wullie: early 30s, former scout with the Legion.

First Produced:

1993, Stratford Festival

Resources:

Fair Liberty’s Call can be found in Sharon Pollock: Collected Works, Volume Two, available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

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