Highway

Written by:

Maggi Feehan

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 3
  • Men: 3
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Family
Indigenous

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2022

Synopsis:

In a small prairie town, two teenage girls attend the same school, separated by race, culture and popularity. Jo-Jo is Indigenous and lives with her serpent-tongued mother behind a gas station on an impoverished reserve. Carly is White and lives with her Fred Flintstone loving Dad who is a long-haul trucker, often away. By day, the girls ignore each other, but by night, their dreams reach across the cultural chasm to meet and dance together. Highway examines culture through the lens of teenage angst, heartbreak through the scars of adult disappointment, and longing through the liminal world of dreams. This play invites the audience to witness their own stereotypes and assumptions, creating an emotional and psychological journey that invites laughter, reflection and compassion.

Characters:

JO-JO Cree, 16 years old, student, intelligent and saucy

DAVE White man, 40-50 years old, long-haul trucker, Fred Flintstone fan

CARLY White girl, 16 years old, student, shy with a sharp intelligence

ALISTAIR White guy, 16 years old, student, confident and amicable

ROBERTA Cree, 40-50 years old, Mother of JO-JO, jaded by life

INDIGENOUS DRUMMER Indigenous, any age

JO-JO’S SPIRIT GUIDE Cree, any age, dancer

CARLY’S SPIRIT GUIDE White, any age, dancer

QUEEN Classic rock group, song: White Man

Resources:

Highway can be accessed by reaching out to maggif2012@gmail.com or going to the Canadian Play Outlet.

Notes:

Three characters are Indigenous, one is a drummer

Warnings:

Trigger warnings: Swearing, References to murder & MMWAG