Last Chance Leduc

Written by:

Katherine Koller

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 1
  • Men: 4
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Environment
Indigenous
Marriage
Natural Resources

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2018

Synopsis:

Last Chance Leduc is set during the 1947 Leduc oil strike, where Wes and Ev struggle in the oil and water of a young marriage in peril, in winter, in a tarpaper shack in the woods, with a baby and another dry well.  He wants a gusher, she wants a garden and Tricky wants a girl like Ev, his best friend’s wife.  While the men work all day and all night, Ev meets a lady trapper in the woods, Nohkum, who shows her the power of the river in the difficult landscape of marriage.

Characters:

EVALMA, 23, the young wife to WES and mother to Sally, a babe in arms
WES, 30, an experienced driller, his own man, self-made
TRICKY, 23, a derrick man who left his parents’ small Saskatchewan farm for the oil patch.
NÔHKOM, 50s, a Cree trapper, bush-dweller and river-watcher
VOICEOVERS: SHADOWS:
DAN, radio announcer
MEN on the derrick
LAURA, homemakers’ show host
MANNING, premier of Alberta

First Produced:

Backstage Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures, May 8-19, 2018. Produced by Snowflake Productions

Resources:

Last Chance Leduc is available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Winner, Grand Prize, Alberta Playwriting Competition, 2013

Finalist, Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, 2015

Workshop production, Grand Prairie Regional College, 2015

Public readings in Edmonton, Calgary, Banff, Grand Prairie, Devon and Aberdeen, Scotland

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