Cariboo Magi by Lucia Frangione
“Regardez, we are short on saints here ... I am going to have to cast the sinners!"
A drunk and discouraged ex-anglican minister, a sassy French saloon owner with a mysterious past, a disgraced child star and a Canadian miner with a flair for the poetic all seek a better future. They intercept a contract meant for a San Diego theatre company, form a bedraggled troupe of players and head north, making the treacherous journey through the wilds of the Cariboo Gold Rush to perform a Christmas play for the people of Barkerville, British Columbia.
On their way, they rehearse a ridiculous pastiche of Hamlet, The Last of the Mohicans, and A Christmas Carol, gradually finding a way to legitimize their only true talents as "professional liars." Cariboo Magi is an unabashed celebration of the power of theatre to renew our lives and banish our cares.
"A beautifully written tribute to the strength of the human spirit..."
-The Vancouver Sun
"[Frangione] uses devilish wit to rip away the restrictive posturing of piety and reveal a spiritual universe that is both bracing and embracing..."
-The Georgia Straight