Sarah Ballenden


Maureen Hunter

About the Book

When gossip about her spreads like wildfire through the Red River Settlement, the independent-minded Métis 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.

 “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

Saskatchewan-born, Winnipeg-based Maureen Hunter is one of Canada’s most accomplished playwrights. Her work has been produced extensively on Canada’s major stages, as well as in Britain and the U.S. and by CBC and BBC Radio. It has been nominated for two Governor General’s Literary Awards, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play, and the Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

Sarah Ballenden, Hunter’s latest play, premiered at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (RMTC) in Winnipeg in April 2017. Other plays include Wild Mouth, premiered by Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, in 2008; Vinci, premiered by the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, in co-production with RMTC in 2002; Atlantis, premiered in English by RMTC in co-production with Theatre Calgary in 1996 and in French by Théâtre de la Manufacture, Montreal, in 1999; Transit of Venus, which premiered at RMTC in 1992 and was given its British premiere by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1993, its U.S. premiere by the Berkshire Theatre in Stockbridge, Mass., in 1998 and its opera premiere (for which Hunter wrote the libretto) at Manitoba Opera in 2007; and Footprints on the Moon, which premiered at Agassiz Theatre, Winnipeg, in 1988 and received its European premiere at the Finborough Theatre in London, England, in 2017.

Hunter’s plays have been published individually by Scirocco Drama and Nuage Editions, and in a number of anthologies.

DRA0130000 Drama/Canadian
124 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 in
4F/6M, doubling