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  • Shirley Jean Tucker | Canadian Playwright
    hiker Charles Burkman More on the EVENTS page February 19 2012 The Canadian Embassy in Berlin is looking for new Canadian plays for translation and publication in the German market This is part of a larger ongoing cultural exchange program So I sent off a copy of The Supper Waltz which has been received and entered into the competition More on the EVENTS page I am also pleased to announce that The Amazing Foot Race of 1921 continues to do well It received solid recommendations this month from CBC Halifax the Charlottetown Guardian and January Magazine January s interesting take is on the EVENTS page January 17 2012 Today I am beginning an experiment I am going to follow the hikers in my book as they crossed the country 91 years ago beginning with the lead runners making their way from Halifax to Truro in a blizzard You can find this on the blog page and if you want to comment there is a box at the bottom of the page Enjoy January 1 2012 Happy New Year I wish everyone a happy and fulfilling 2012 My first good news for the New Year is that The Amazing Race is now available as an e book and can be downloaded to KOBO KINDLE or i PAD from Indigo Amazon or i Tunes I have just heard from one happy e book reader in Asia comments on BLOG page December 11 Heritage House newsletter The Halifax Herald gives the nod to The Amazing Foot Race of 1921 as a suggested book with an Atlantic connection for giving this Christmas The Herald s review and other news can be found on the BOOKS page November 20 Presentation to Shuswap Probus Club Yesterday I responded to an invitation to talk to the Probus Club in Salmon Arm about the research that goes into writing a book or a play This turned out to be an interesting topic very well received There is a syopsis of the presentation on the BLOG page and a little more about the Probus event on the EVENTS page November 5 2 very exciting e mails received today From Sigrid Herrault Sweden We re happy to inform you that your submission The Supper Waltz has been elected as one of the plays we d like to read for the second selection round for the WPIC conference in Stockholm 2012 From Robin Sokoloski Canadian representative for Women s Playwrights International forwarding a note from Marcia Johnson Congratulations on having your script selected for the next stage of the WPI Conference in Stockholm next August More about the Stockholm Conference on the Workshops page Amazing Race is a fun read The Indigo Chapters store in Ottawa is displaying the Amazing Race of 1921 on its Fun Read table Nice Play Reading for Culture Days September 30 in Medicine Hat Shirley on mike with producer director Karen Cunningham It was a lot of fun to go home courtesy of The Playwrights Guild

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  • Plays | Shirley Jean Tucker
    the pop music of the 1950s Adaptable to any community 5m 7f Price 15 00 Your Loving Kind and True Jack Boy An intense drama based on the life of John Lindsay Wilson the only member of the RNWMP ever hanged for murder This crime passionel is presented as a play within a play Winner of a special adjudicator s award at the 2005 Okanagan Zone Festival Historical Three Acts 6m and 4f with doubling Price 15 00 Click title for preview Hey Nurse I ve Gotta Pee About a charming nonagenarian who crys wolf once too often First read at Second Stage winter 2005 and at Shuswap International Writers Festival July 2006 Poignant Comedy One Act 3m 5f Price 5 00 Click title for preview Sowing Seeds in Danny Suggests that even well intentioned seeds do not always grow where they are planted Sowing Seeds based on the Nellie McClung novel of the same name was first presented at Shuswap Summer Theatre in 2006 Musical Comedy Three Acts 7m 6f with doubling Price 15 00 Click on title for preview Annie s Solitude The material is based on letters written between 1894 and 1910 by Annie Gordon to her family in Nova Scotia from Salmon Arm where the Gordons attempted to eke out a living on their Salmon River Valley ranch During the bitter sweet sojourn Annie discovers that solitude is a luxury she can ill afford and that on the frontier having a sewing machine is of far greater value than owning a silver tea service Commissioned by R J Haney Historic Village and Museum Dinner Theatre Summer 2009 Poignant Comedy One Act 2m 2w with doubling Click on title for excerpt The Supper Waltz There had always been rumours in Burstal SK about the two illegitimate daughters Bennie Schneider had with Gertie Freimark and Marie Wutzke But it being the early 6os and Bennie now respectably married to Lorene Boschee people in Burstal thought it best to leave Bennie s business to the family 10 years after both Bennie and Lorene died leaving no heirs Bennie s younger brother Albert also died which promped his executor to consult a lawyer to see if there was a proviso in Albert s will that could benefit Bennie s illegitimate daughters Furious with the executor s intent Albert s neice demanded Just what did what Uncle Bennie might have done 40 years ago have to do with Albert s will today And so the battle to recognise Bennie s girls began a battle which lasted three years affected three generations of women and was finally settled in the Saskatchewan Court of Queen s Bench The BC Federation of Writers School Program sponsored workshops of the play with the Acting 12 class at Salmon Arm Secondary in 2009 The Supper Waltz was also workshopped in Medicine Hat by Calgary dramaturge Eugene Stickland in 2010 The revised script was perfomed as readers theatre at the Inspire Cafe by FUT in the Hat

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  • Ratz and Alma, An Intrigue | Shirley Jean Tucker
    cameras raised and pencils moistened are posted off CR eager to seize the advantage The genial hosts for the evening Chamber President C P W SCHWENGERS and his wife stand poised and proud waiting UR of the porte cochére entrance RATZ FLORRIE MARY and FRANK enter DOORMAN enthusiastically Mr Francis Rattenbury eminent Provincial Architect and Guest of Honour Mrs Florrie Rattenbury and Family Miss Mary Rattenbury and Mr Frank Rattenbury The RATTENBURYS arrive at 7 00 precisely bristling with marital hostility FLORRIE is protectively book ended by BABS and SNOOKA RATZ tall erect and still handsome his red hair greying cuts a stylish figure in his tux and cape He smiles expansively at the press and holds for the photo op while his family hangs back resenting the intrusion Hats and wraps are checked and the elegant effusive SCHWENGERS press hands kiss cheeks and chat happily about the anticipated success of the referendum RATZ exuding confidence basks in their praise while FLORRIE stands foursquare clutching the diamond crescent brooch that RATZ gave her on their wedding day trying to stave off a migraine The franchise has given her no satisfaction civic politics are of little interest to her Even her love of gardening has diminished since the death earlier this year of her beloved champion Granny Howard MARY an acknowledged Victoria beauty stammers appropriate comments about her delicate watercolours while RATZ ever protective of his daughter s speech impediment boasts of her talents and finishes her sentences FRANK is bold and contemptuous with none of his father s style A great many operations have helped to correct his clubbed feet but he still uses a handsome gold tipped cane to punctuate his struts about the room At the moment Frank is Insurance and Insurance is Frank Before the next dignitaries are announced MR SCHWENGERS points out the cocktail bar to RATZ but suggests There is wisdom in staying sober until the results are in RATZ sequesters his family in a deep alcove DL and then duty done he moves comfortably about the room greeting shaking hands and imbibing liberally RATZ settles CL next to a large rendering of the Crystal Gardens bearing his name ready to hold forth During the raucous proceedings that follow ALMA CLARKE slips into the room unnoticed She was in the lounge recovering from a musical engagement when the gaity of the song piqued her curiosity She is surprized to see an acquaintance DAISY MACLURE at the piano RATZ spots the beautiful young woman and waves enthusiastically The audience shouts its approval Encouraged by the response ALMA crosses the room to join DAISY RATZ is set down by the piano where he greets ALMA This encounter encourages FLORRIE to a full grown migraine MARY is dispatched to inform her father who listens patiently then laughs The success of the Crystal Garden project and meeting ALMA has rejuvenated him and RATZ directs MARY back to her mother Spited by the rebuke FLORRIE assails the harlot with censure

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  • The Queen of the Shuswap | Shirley Jean Tucker
    movies and stock car races But nothing every happens in the Shuswap Penticton boasts of Queens and peaches And summer nights on silver beaches But nothing ever changes in the Shuswap Oh nothing ever happens in the Shuswap the weather s always cold and dreary The politics just bland and scary How we wish that we could move away No harbour dreams or inner visions Just duplex schemes and bad decisions That s all that happens in the Shuswap No nature walks or in town beaches Just muddy bays and old wharf leeches Nothing ever happens in the Shuswap Oh nothing ever happens in the Shuswap The roads are always rough and hairy No fun guys girls you d want to marry How we wish that we could move away Song ends CANDICE flops on a stool behind the counter DODIE sulks in her soda BLONDIE and the GUYS exit ACT ONE Scene Two The Mayor of the Shuswap and the members of the local Chamber of Commerce meet at Pop s Café to spit ball a few ideas at on how to bring tourists to the area MANNY Imagination enterprise and a small outlay of cash will go a long way in developing a community s reputation and get it on the map AL A Roots and Blues Festival would be awesome ARVID Coloured boys like Oscar Peterson would never come to the Shuswap CANDICE What about a stampede HAWKES Falkland already has one ROSELAND A Grebe Festival could be fun ARVID Not my idea of a good time What is a grebe anyway IDA How about a salmon run celebration Come to the Shuswap 20 million sockeye can t be wrong ROSELAND I don t think we want anything that smells like fish dear Ida gets up and

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  • The Rattenbury Women | Shirley Jean Tucker
    The Rattenbury Women Your Loving Kind and True Jack Boy Hey Nurse I ve Gotta Pee Sowing Seeds in Danny The Supper Waltz Annie s Solitude Books Bio Contact Awards Events Workshops Blog The Rattenbury Women The Rattenbury Women A play in 3 voices Florrie Mary and Alma Much has been made of the infamous B C Architect Francis Mawson Rattenbury and Alma but what of his first wife Florrie

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  • Your Loving, Kind and True, Jack Boy | Shirley Jean Tucker
    a blood stained valise LUBA checks her watch and after a noisy head count she switches off the light An apparition in 1918 dress appears in the moonlight at the top of the stairwell ACTORS titter and exchange amused glances when they recognise MORAG the director MORAG Elizabeth reads from a faded blue letter MORAG Elizabeth Dear Mr Routledge As you know my sister came out to Canada to her husband Mr John Wilson in April of last year 1918 for it was in your very office that they met We had letters from her every mail up till the end of September when Mr Wilson got a promotion under the Dominion Police and was sent to Saskatoon Since going there we have never received a letter from my sister Wilson wrote my brother James on the 14th December saying they had both been dangerously ill with the flu and that my sister was better but that he had not many months to live however as soon as his wife was able to travel he would bring her home to Father and Mother as he wanted to see his children before the end MORAG Elizabeth descends About the middle of

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  • Hey Nurse – I’ve Gotta Pee | Shirley Jean Tucker
    Excerpt from Act One Scene One BETSY Hey y nur r se That you nurse I gotta JENKINS I know Betsy You ve got to pee Well come on then we can t have you wetting the bed can we BETSY Oh no nurse I don t do that I never do that JENKINS secures BETSY to a walker LENA Guess who didn t eat her breakfast this morning Jenkins JENKINS I ll chart that for Doctor Paterson Lena LENA It could be the old woman is on a hunger strike LENA taunts BETSY with a spoonful of oatmeal Are you Betsy Are you on a hunger strike Some peoples will do anything for attention JENKINS places BETSY on the toilet JENKINS Be a good girl Betsy and pee We wouldn t want Betsy to wet the bed would we Lena ETTA a disturbed old woman driving a scooter with one hand and clutching a stack of folded laundry with the other speeds past the open door An irate STAFF member rushes past in pursuit STAFF shouting Just what do you think you are doing young lady Somebody please call the front desk LENA No Not like old lady Schneidermann

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  • Sowing Seeds in Danny | Shirley Jean Tucker
    I am not a disguised heiress or anyone like that My proud spirit does not chafe a bit at having to serve meals and wear a cap All work is expression Mrs Francis says so why may I not express myself in blueberry pie and tomato soup MILLFORD up a parody of JERUSALEM by William Blake The song chosen to represent the National Union of Suffrage Societies in the early 20 th Century the words an expression of protest at inhuman living conditions rather than of great patriotic rejoicing Millford citizens enter singing FRANCIS the local society activist resplendent in floral pinks climbs the pathway to her imposing home overlooking the village here she marks the progress of the tattered WATSON FAMILY wending homeward to a yellow boxcar abode MR JOHN WATSON his very pregnant wife MRS WATSON and young DANNY still sucking his thumb and clinging to Momma are in the lead followed by PEARL the eldest then MARY and BUGSEY Only JIMMY is missing FULL CAST MILLFORD And did those folks in olden times Labour on verdant prairies green And was their hope in future man In Millford s darling children seen And did they plant their finest

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