The Indian Medicine Shows, composed of the plays The Moon and Dead Indians and Angel of the Medicine Show, traces the journey one young settler makes to and across the spiritual divide of American frontier. In the first play, a mysterious stranger (modeled after Billy the Kid) arrives at a farmhouse in the foothills, bringing music and unwelcome memories to a lonely widow and her son. In the second play, the performers in a medicine show, including an Indian, get run out of town and are left to search for healing and safety in the wilderness. The New Mexico territory of these syphilitic westerns is haunted by the ghosts of Indians, anguished desire and failed dreams.
Theatre critic review of The Indian Medicine Shows:
Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail’s theatre critic wrote that Moses is ‘a coroner of the theatre who slices open the human heart to reveal the fear, hatred and love that have eaten away at it. His dark play….can leave its audience shaking with emotion.’
The Indian Medicine Shows, two one act plays The Moon and Dead Indians and Angel of the Medicine Show (Exile Editions 1995, available at Playwrights Guild of Canada)
The Globe and Mail’s Top 10 Theatre productions awarded #7 to The Indian Medicine Shows (Theatre Passe Muraille) in 1996.