Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play and nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award when first published in 1988, The Rez Sisters has gone on to become an internationally critically acclaimed play, included in all major anthologies of Canadian literature world-wide. Now, in celebration of its twentieth anniversary, the play is being published in its original language: Cree. Included is a Note on Dialect" by the author. The play tells the story of seven reserve women who decide to go to the "Biggest Bingo in the World, in Toronto, a night's drive from their Manitoulin Island home. Of the many works that Tomson Highway has written to date, his best known are the plays The Rez Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Rose, and Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout. He is also the author of the best-selling novel The Fur Queen. For many years, he ran Canada's premiere Native Theatre Company, Native Earth Performing Arts, in Toronto, out of which has emerged a generation of professional Native Theatre artists. He divides his time equally between a cottage on northern Ontario and an apartment in the south of France.
Tomson Highway is one of Canada's most exciting and distinctive playwrights. His plays explore the contemporary Indian in a dominant white society, and the results are both exciting and challenging. Tomson Highway was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1994. Originally from Manitoba, he now resides northern Ontario when he is not travelling abroad.