whiskey six cadenza
by Sharon Pollock
Published by Playwrights Canada Press Toronto ON
Number of Acts: 2
Length: 110 mins
Total actors required: 13, (some double casting possible)
It’s Prohibition time in the country at large. But you wouldn’t know it in the small coal-mining town of Blairmore in the Crow’s Nest Pass. It’s the centre of Emile Picarelli’s lucrative rum-running operation. And who wouldn’t be charmed by Mr Big, as the locals call him, for he’s a larger than life charismatic personality, gifted with a golden tongue. When he takes a shine to young Johnny Farley and offers him a job behind the wheel of a Maxwell Whiskey Six sedan running booze through the Rocky Mountains, Johnny doesn’t have to think twice despite his fundamentalist mother’s objections.
Mr Big’s adopted daughter Leah and Johnny are soon tentatively striking up more than a friendship, that is till his mother whispers an ugly rumour. Leah is more mistress than daughter to Mr Big. True or not, the seed of doubt in Johnny’s mind foreshadows a ramping up of police weapons with increasing violence, trust, love, and relationships are in jeopardy as tragedy stalks Mr Big’s world and all in it.