Dark Heart

Written by:

Genevieve Adam

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 2
  • Men: 4
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama
Historical
Horror/Thriller

Themes:

Abuse
Colonialism
Friendship
Identity
Indigenous

Length:

70 min.

Year Written:

2016

Synopsis:

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.

Characters:

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:

First Produced January 2018 at the Assembly Theatre in Toronto, co-produced with Thought For Food Theatre Company

Resources:

Please contact the playwright directly at genevieveclaireadam@gmail.com for access to the script for Dark Heart.

Dark Heart can also be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet.

Notes:

“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

Warnings:

Sexuality, violence, coarse language.

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