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Women of the Fur Trade

Women of the Fur Trade

By Frances Koncan
Subjects: Prairie Playwrights, Manitoba, Indigenous Playwrights, First Nations, Women Writers, History, Feminist Theatre, Comedy
Casting: 3 f, 2 m
Duration: 90 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369103505, 96 pages, May 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369103529, 250 pages, May 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369103512, May 2022
Paperback : 9780369105158, 128 pages, September 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-09-24
Lilies (Paperback), The Bridge (Paperback), Women of the Fur Trade (Paperback)


  • Winner, Toronto Fringe Best New Play Contest 2018
  • Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award 2023


In eighteen hundred and something something, somewhere upon the banks of a Reddish River in Treaty One Territory, three very different women with a preference for twenty-first century slang sit in a fort sharing their views on life, love, and the hot nerd Louis Riel.

Marie-Angelique, a Metis Taurus, is determined to woo Louis (a Metis Libra)—who will be arriving soon—by sending him boldly flirtatious letters. Eugenia, an Ojibwe Sagittarius, brings news of rebellion back to the fort after trading, but isn’t impressed by Louis’s true mediocre nature. And Cecilia, a pregnant British Virgo, is anxiously waiting on her husband’s return from an expedition, but can’t resist pining over the heartthrob Thomas Scott (Irish Capricorn), who is actually the one secretly responding to Marie-Angelique’s letters. This will all go smoothly, right?

This lively historical satire of survival and cultural inheritance shifts perspectives from the male gaze onto women’s power in the past and present through the lens of the rapidly changing world of the Canadian fur trade.


“A timely, provocative piece of theatre written from a perspective and voice we need to hear.”

- Ian Ross, Winnipeg Free Press

“Not only is the play a fun and clever look at the province’s history, but by weaving in modern slang and references, Koncan (who is of Anishinaabe and Slovene descent) highlights how many Indigenous issues from our past are still relevant today.”

- Stephanie Cram, CBC News