When gossip about her spreads like wildfire through the Red River Settlement, the independent-minded Metis wife of a Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company decides to fight back. Based on actual 19th-century events, Sarah Ballenden is a vivid portrait of one woman’s struggle for acceptance and respect in an age of colliding cultures and shifting social values.
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News & Reviews
“Sarah Ballenden is set around the year 1850 on the Manitoba frontier of the Red River Settlement… That it echoes so resonantly in 2017 may be just a confirmation the story is worth retelling, and that some things never seem to change.” —Winnipeg Free Press
About the Author
Maureen Hunter is one of Canada’s most successful playwrights. Her work has been produced extensively on Canada’s major stages, in the United States, and Britain, and by CBC and BBC Radio. Her play Atlantis was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and Transit of Venus, premiered by Manitoba Theatre Centre, became the first Canadian play ever staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company of England. Hunter’s other plays include Sarah Ballenden, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, Footprints on the Moon, I Met a Bully on the Hill, Poor Uncle Ernie in His Covered Cage, The Queen of Queen Street, The Room, Vinci, Wild Mouth, and Winners. A native of Saskatchewan, Maureen now lives on the Salish Sea at Sechelt, BC.