A Bear Awake in Winter

Written by:

Ali Joy Richardson

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+

Cast Size:
9

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Dark Comedy
Drama

Themes:

Bullying
Coming of Age
Gender Roles
Trauma

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2018

Synopsis:

2007. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A high school band class. A new teacher from Toronto wants to be an inspiration to his jaded students but is afraid to come out to them. A boy bullies a girl in insidious ways until she takes matters into her own hands. An act of violence at a school dance fractures the community. This is a dark, funny, and difficult story about the fight to stand up for yourself.

Characters:

THE KIDS:
TRUMPET …………………18, athletic, charming goof, he genuinely likes Kelly Clarkson (probably wouldn’t admit it though), hides a giant heart

PERCUSSION ……………..17, she knows good music, has never been kissed, can be both sharp and silly, posts a lot of fan art on DeviantArt

KEYS ………………………17, arts rep on student council, has never been told he’s talented, only child, driven

BARITONE SAXOPHONE (BARI) ……………………..17, sees things from being a bit on the outside, only person at
school who has watched all of Seinfeld, she’ll find her people in college, deep down she’d trade everything somedays to be gorgeous

FLUTE …………………….18, new at school, can dazzle or disappear, a guarded heart, she’s growing armour

TROMBONE ………………18, new at school, reads thick non-fiction, a coiled spring, he’s at war inside

THE ADULTS:

HILL ……………………….Late 30s, a teacher
MATT ………………………30s, HILL’s husband
THERESA …………………Early 40s, TROMBONE’s mother

The actor who plays TROMBONE can double as MATT
The actor who plays FLUTE can double as THERESA

First Produced:

Toronto Next Stage Theatre Festival 2019

Resources:

The play can be accessed by the publisher at Scirocco Drama where it was published in FIERCE: FIVE PLAYS FOR HIGH SCHOOLS. Or, by sending a message via the contact form on the playwright‘s website.

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