Popcorn Elder


Popcorn Elder

Curtis Peeteetuce

About the book

As a condition of his parole, Darren has been ordered by the court to live with his father, Wally, on the rez. The two have always had a contentious relationship: Wally is a problem drinker, and Darren’s got a short fuse. But Wally tells his son that he’s stopped drinking and started going to ceremony, and urges Darren to do the same. As old family secrets start to be revealed, the father and son grapple with complex issues.

Popcorn Elder is a drama with many layers. It examines the issue of “plastic shamans” who offer spirituality at a price. It looks at a community working to face its demons and heal past trauma. And at the heart of the play is the story of a father and son who are seeking connection and reconciliation. Through flashbacks, a combination of Cree and English, and an unforgettable cast of characters, Popcorn Elder tells the story of one family’s journey toward hope.

About the author

Curtis Peeteetuce is from the Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation. Since 2001, he has worked with many talented artists in theatre, radio drama, music and film. He is also the playwright of the popular rez Christmas story series, including Nicimos: The Final Rez Christmas Story (Scirocco, 2015).


News & Reviews

“…the story of a father and son at a crossroads in a world of both real and false faith… unifying, cleansing and uplifting.”—Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

DRA0130000 Drama/Canadian
88pp, 5.5 x 8.5 in
2F/3M, doubling