New France, 1661. In Dark Heart, a young French bride disappears into the forest. Has she run off to be with her lover, or is there something more sinister in the woods? While rumours of a supernatural creature spread through the settlement, everyone seems to be hunting for the missing woman, including an Indigenous fur trapper, the local doctor, a newly-arrived French soldier and her jealous husband. But perhaps one of them is the beast that they fear.
Amable Bilodeau – 20, soldier recently arrived in New France
Toussaint Langlois – 25, half French half Wendat, fur trader and coureur de bois, “outside the law”
Joseph Sarrazin – 45, botanist and royal doctor to the colony
Marie St. Bonaventure – 30, Ursuline sister, in charge of the hospital
Louis De Lamothe – 40, local lord and fur trader made good, man of property and influence
Eleonore “Lizzie” Ramezay – 37, bonesetter, midwife, and apothecary
Madeleine de Lamothe – 20, wife of Louis de Lamothe, “mail-order bride”
First Produced January 2018 at the Assembly Theatre in Toronto, co-produced with Thought For Food Theatre Company
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Dark Heart can also be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet.
“Adam has written seven rich characters who all have a lot at stake and whose lives are revealed to be intertwined in fascinating and often quite unexpected ways. I found my allegiances shifting as character and plot points were revealed, and this seemed to mirror the experiences of the characters — always on their guard, discovering how foolish it is to trust appearances.” – Review from The Toronto Star by Karen Fricker, 2018
Sexuality, violence, coarse language.