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The Song of the Serpent, a stage play

SYNOPSIS ... PRODUCTIONS ... ABOUT THE PLAY ... BIBLIOGRAPHY

Synopsis

Set in the Cariboo Country of British Columbia during the Summer of 1966, The Song of the Serpent is a children's play interwoven amongst adult themes. Jason is the "half-breed" protagonist, whose great-uncle is going to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit. In order to prove him innocent, Jason sets out to find The Baron, the man his great-uncle has been convicted of killing. It leads him to The Lost Serpent, a mine plum for gold picking. With him is James Wright, an honourable man and employee of the Hudson's Bay Company, his niece Priscilla, and two scoundrels, affectionately known as Corker and Knuckle. When they reach the mine, Corker pulls out a gun and gets the others to work the mine for him. The Baron eventually turns up, and Corker gets his comeuppance, and Jason's great-uncle his freedom. The song of the serpent is the wind that sounds through the trees, and legend holds it sounds loudest to those who have evil intent. It eventually drives Corker to insanity.

Theatrical Productions

1. Holiday Theatre, Vancouver, BC, 1967.

About the Play

An old-fashioned touring company melodrama, complete with vile villains, pure heroine, wooden (Indian) hero; and just a touch of MISCEGENATION, RAPE, ILLEGITIMACY, RACIST CONFLICT, and DRUNKENNESS, not to mention DEATH and DESTRUCTION, to make it all modern. Featuring: Billy DeLuxe, Negro fop and misanthrope.

Bibiliography

Lambert, Betty (1973). The Song of the Serpent: A Play for Children. Playwrights Co-op, Toronto.

The Song of the Serpent

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