Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing


Writers: Tomson Highway


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Comedy, Dark Comedy
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Between Saturday, February 3, 1990, 11 p.m., and Saturday, February 10, 1990, 11 a.m., Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Cast Size
Ideal for
Mostly Male Cast, Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, Mature Audiences, Star Vehicle Male, Regional Theatre, Professional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, late teen characters


Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing is a tragi-comedy that centers around a group of men on the Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve. When the women of the reservation decide to create a female hockey league, all the men of the reservation band together to protest. Seeing the formation of this all-women’s league as another attack of their identity, Dry Lips asks what it means to identify as an Indigenous man. Exploring themes of misogyny, spirituality, and identity, Tomson Highway’s play quickly turns from a farce to a tragedy as the fantasies and phobias of the men are acted out.

This show is a companion piece to Highway’s play, The Rez Sisters (1986). 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.

Lead Characters

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