Introduction by :Nikki Shaffeeullah ,
Afterword by :Kern Albert
Imprint:Playwrights Canada Press
Dimensions:8.36in x 5.37 x 0.1 in | 110 gr
Page Count:80 pages
In this stark and poetic musing on the nature and poisons of survival, a group of shady businessmen, a servant, and a craftsman provide a critical look at oppression and trade in resources, inspired by acts between Niger and Iran.
A man earns. However little, however nefariously, he earns.
Oba, a middle-aged businessman, is torn between his pride and dignity. He’s obsessed with making deals in unidentified substances to stay afloat. A powerful client named Araf arrives, interested in Oba’s business, but also his fierce, inherited servant Femi. Oba’s young progeny Mabo is hungry and desperate, but still driven by his skills and sympathetic to the needs of others.
In this stark and poetic musing on the nature and poisons of survival, Cake humanizes the dynamic between Niger and Iran and their clandestine trade in uranium, presenting a dark and critical look at oppression, consumerism, and what happens when all of our resources are dried up.
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, a.k.a. Belladonna the Blest, is an emcee, playwright, and agitator. Her main body of work, the 54ology, includes Cake, Sound of the Beast, A Man A Fish, Salome’s Clothes, Gas Girls, Give It Up, The Smell of Horses, and The First Stone. Works for young audiences include the META-nominated Reaching For Starlight, The Chariot, and Rabbit King of Kenya. Opera libretti include Forbidden (Afarin Mansouri/Tapestry Opera) and Oubliette (Ivan Barbotin/Tapestry Opera). She is co-editor with Yvette Nolan of the Playwrights Canada Press Refractions anthologies, and editor of Indian Act: Residential School Plays.
"It will be exciting to see where she heads next."- Karen Fricker, Toronto Star
"Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is one fearless playwright."- Lynn Slotkin, Intermission