Beaver

Written by:

Claudia Dey

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Family

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

1999

Synopsis:

A northern Ontario gothic, the play follows Beatrice “Beaver” Jersey as she learns to grow beyond her circumscribed world, struggling with her whacky extended family, her alcoholic father, and her chain-smoking ghost of a mother. (From the PCLN Website)

Characters:

BEATRICE “BEAVER” JERSEY: Our heroine, age 12 in Act One, ages 11 and 17 in Act Two. Beatrice is somewhere after girl and before woman.

ROSE JERSEY: Mother to Beatrice, dead.

SILO: Father to Beatrice, former talc mine employee.

COWBOY: Friend to Silo, talc mine employee.

EDNA JERSEY: Grandmother to Beatrice; mother to Nora, Sima, and Rose.

NORA JERSEY: Aunt and guardian to Beatrice, the eldest sister.

SIMA JERSEY: Aunt to Beatrice, a dominatrix. [pronounced “See-ma”]

DORRIS DELISLO: Friend of the family. [pronounced “De-lie-lo”]

First Produced:

2000, Factory Theatre, Toronto

Resources:

Available through Playwrights Canada Press.

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Notes:

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