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Playwrights Canada Press, 2005 - Drama - 84 pages
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In the British Columbia frontier in 1905, missionary Robert Maclean has an ever-increasing foothold of power and influence. Into the swirling melee of shifting allegiances steps Precious Conroy, Maclean's adopted daughter. She is unaware that she was sent away for schooling to avoid the shame and discrimination which would occur should the secret get out that she is part Native. The son of the local chief, himself a product of a mixed marriage, is in love with her but so too is the son of the house. What will happen when, as it must, the secret of her parentage gets out?
Determined to walk her own revolutionary path for freedom, Precious' actions trigger in others all the prejudices and hypocrisies of the day. Skinner pulls no punches, and her indictment of these prejudices, both Native and white, religious and secular, while often couched in humour, touches as many raw nerves as ever.

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Joan Bryans has always had a love of theatre, which she has increasingly been able to satisfy as her teaching of philosophy waned. Of late she has taken to directing and producing as well as acting and now has her own company, Vital Spark Theatre, whose first production was her adaptation of Birthright in 2003. Its next production, Two Years in Nicola, written by Joan, about the MacQueen sisters of the Nicola Valley, toured in the fall of 2005.

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