The Berlin Blues

Category: Book
By (author): Taylor, Drew Hayden
Subject:  PERFORMING ARTS / General
  PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting
Publisher: Talonbooks
Published: February 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 0.25in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

A consortium of German developers shows up on the fictional Otter Lake Reserve with a seemingly irresistible offer to improve the local economy: the creation of "Ojibway World," a Native theme park designed to attract European tourists to their destination resort, causing hilarious personal and political divisions within the local community.


The Berlin Blues concludes Drew Hayden Taylor's Blues quartet, showcasing contemporary stereotypes of American Indians, including a fair number of these that originate from Indigenous communities themselves, to the often outraged delight of his international audiences.

The Berlin Blues premiered in Los Angeles at Native Voices in February 2007; touring to the Smithsonian's National Museums of the American Indian at New York and Washington, D.C., the following May; and to Germany in June.

From The Publisher*German developers propose a Native theme park for the "Otter Lake Reserve." Cast of 3 women and 3 men.
Review Quote*"This play displays a healthy sense of humor…If one needs an innocuous night of theatre, this can be taken as a series of funny events. Those hoping for something deeper can find allegories and metaphors pointing through history."
– LA Splash
Review Quote*

"Drew Hayden Taylor has produced an accomplished series of comedies about reserve life that are consummate in their dramatic mechanics … The Berlin Blues may be breezy sitcom, but it has a point to make and is masterfully done."
– Canadian Literature

Biographical Note

Drew Hayden Taylor is one of North America's best-loved Native authors. Known for his incisive critique of Native and non-Native stereotypes with his signature wit and candor, his beguiling and perceptive storytelling style has consistently enthralled audiences in North America and as far afield as Germany and Italy. His work is featured in TCG's anthology of Native dramatists, Seventh Generation.