The Rez Sisters


Writers: Tomson Highway


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Comedy
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Late summer, 1986, The Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, Mostly Female Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult characters


The Rez Sisters follows a group of seven Indigenous sisters from Manitoulin Island as they embark on a journey to the Biggest Bingo in the World in Toronto. The women share their hardships, laughter, anger, and plenty of gossip along the way, as they dream of how winning the big pot could help them overcome their personal challenges. The Rez Sisters is a celebration of resilience and the beauty of sisterhood. This risqué, joyous, mystical comedic-drama is the seminal work of Indigenous playwright, Tomson Highway. Although primarily written in English, there are interjections of Cree and Ojibway, two Indigenous languages of the Manitoulin Island reservations, where the story takes place. The Rez Sisters has a companion piece called Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing (1989), which follows the men of the Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reservation.

Lead Characters

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