Transcript: Quarantine and Answer with Drew Hayden Taylor | Jun 26, 2020

Music plays.

In animation, a drawing of a house pops up next to the title "Quarantine and Answer... with Drew Hayden Taylor."

Drew stands inside a room. He's in his fifties, clean-shaven, with longish wavy gray hair. He's wearing glasses and a pale purple t-shirt.

He says HELLO, TVO.
I'M DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR,
NOVELIST, PLAYWRIGHT,
AND FILMMAKER.
AND WELCOME TO MY HOME
HERE IN DOWNTOWN
CURVE LAKE FIRST NATION.

A slate reads "What's your routine like since COVID-19?"

Drew says BASICALLY I HAVE JUST
FINISHED A NOVEL.
I FINISHED ONE ABOUT
THREE DAYS AGO
SO I'VE BEEN CONCENTRATING ON
THAT THE LAST TWO MONTHS.
AND I'VE BEEN GOING
BACK AND FORTH
BETWEEN THE RESERVE
AND TORONTO.
ONE OF THE DRAWBACKS
OF LIVING ON A RESERVE
IS THERE'S NOT A LOT OF
THAI OR GREEK FOOD.
SO I'VE BEEN WRITING,
DOING RECORDING SOUND
ON A DOCUMENTARY SERIES
I'M DOING FOR APTN,
AND DOING LAUNDRY.
THAT'S ABOUT IT.

A slate reads "What are you reading?"

Drew says I READ A BOOK ON
THE THIRD REICH.
I JUST READ A PLAY
BY KEVIN LORING
WHO'S THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
OF INDIGENOUS THEATRE
AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE.
SO I'VE BEEN...
I READ A MIXTURE OF
INDIGENOUS LITERATURE
AND POP CULTURE AND CANLIT.

A slate reads "What's for dinner tonight?"

Drew says SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS
FROM SCRATCH.
AND THEN THE FOLLOWING NIGHT
I'LL PROBABLY MAKE
A BEEF AND BROCCOLI STIR-FRY
USING TENDERLOIN.
SO I'VE BEEN HAVING GREAT FUN
DOING...
FINDING THE TIME TO SORT OF,
IF YOU'LL PARDON THE PUN,
SINK MY TEETH INTO SOME
CHALLENGING RECIPES.

A slate reads "First thing you plan on doing when the pandemic is over?"

Drew says I'M GONNA GO TO A RESTAURANT,
GET SOME FOOD THAT I CAN'T MAKE.
I MISS GOING TO RESTAURANTS.
AND GO TO A MOVIE OR A PLAY.

A slate reads "What was your last social gathering before COVID-19?"

Drew says I HAD A PLAY RUNNING AT
MAGNUS THEATRE IN THUNDER BAY.
COTTAGERS AND INDIANS.
AND IT WAS RUNNING THERE
AND ON ITS FORTH OR FIFTH
PERFORMANCE
BASICALLY THE HAMMER CAME DOWN
AND THE SHOW WAS CANCELLED.
AND I WAS LUCKY TO GET OUT OF
THUNDER BAY.

A slate reads "When and where are you the happiest?"

As he points the camera around to show the dining room of a wood cabin surrounded by greenery, Drew says I AM HAPPIEST RIGHT HERE.
AS YOU CAN TELL ALL AROUND ME,
I'VE GOT THIS BEAUTIFUL ROOM.
IT'S SORT OF HALF DINING ROOM,
HALF OFFICE,
WHERE I SIT HERE
AND I LET MY IMAGINATION FLY.
I HOPEFULLY CREATE
AMAZING THINGS
AND EAT AMAZING THINGS.

A slate reads "A talent that people don't know you have?"

Drew says I USED TO HAVE
A LOT OF DINNER PARTIES
AND SO THAT'S BASICALLY
I THINK MY SECRET TALENT.
I LIKE COOKING.

A slate reads "Any TV binges or recommendations?"

Drew says WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.
SORT OF IT'S A HALF-HOUR COMEDY
ABOUT VAMPIRES IN STATEN ISLAND.
IT'S HILARIOUS.
I LOVE OFF-THE-CUFF,
AVANT-GARDE TAKES
ON BASICALLY GENRE FICTION.

A slate reads "Are you tidy or messy?"

Drew says I FIND AN OVERTLY TIDY
WORK ENVIRONMENT
CAN BE KIND OF ANNOYING
AND A MESSY WORK ENVIRONMENT
CAN DEFINITELY BE ANNOYING.
SO I TRY AND FIND THAT
HAPPY LITTLE MIDDLE GROUND.

A slate reads "Are you saving money? What are you saving on?"

Drew says I'M NOT GOING OUT TO
RESTAURANTS.
I'M NOT GOING OUT TO PLAYS.
I'M NOT GOING TO MOVIES
OR DOING EXPENSIVE TRIPS
AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
THE DRINKING HAS GONE DOWN.
THE MONEY SPENT ON ALCOHOL
FOR WINE
AND THINGS LIKE THAT
AT DINNERTIME.
NO, MY COSTS HAVE GONE DOWN,
BUT THEN SO HAS MY INCOME
COMING IN.
SO I'M ROUGHLY ABOUT EVEN.

A slate reads "What is one change in the world that you hope comes out of this?"

Drew says I'M HOPING THAT
PEOPLE UNDERSTAND
THAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE
THE ONLY EVENT.
PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT,
YOU KNOW, THERE WAS SARS...
WHAT WAS THAT, 20 YEARS AGO?
THE SPANISH FLU
IN 1918 TO 1919.
SO IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN
AND I JUST HOPE PEOPLE
REALISE THAT
AND PUT A LITTLE MORE MONEY
INTO RESEARCHING THIS.

A slate reads "That's it. Thanks Drew!"

Drew says THANKS, TVO, FOR COMING BY.

An animated slate reads "Quarantine and Answer... with Drew Hayden Taylor."

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