Written by:

Elaine Avila

Cast Size:

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 5






120 min.

Year Written:



“Kitimat, British Columbia, an industry town in glorious wilderness, finds itself the center of international controversy when the town is asked to vote “no” or “yes” on an upcoming oil pipeline project. The construction of the pipeline will have lasting environmental implications for the town, the region, and our climate. The play centres on a Portuguese-Canadian family: Marta Viveiros, a City Councillor, has worked for years to bring lucrative projects to Kitimat, to give her son work, and the town a future.

When Julia, her sister, begins connecting to the environment through hiking and whale watching, Julia starts to object to Marta’s plans. But if Julia opposes Marta publicly, she puts her husband’s, her nephew’s and her daughter’s jobs at risk. As Julia and Marta’s twenty-something children struggle to find a footing in the boom town, Julia remembers the different lives her parents led at the same age, when they first came to Kitimat. All of the Viveiros sift through their family and their town’s past, to find a way to move into the future. As election day approaches, the residents of Kitimat struggle to decide between economic prosperity or protection of the natural world. Inspired by true events.” (From the CPO Website)


Julia Viveiros, 53, born in Kitimat, a receptionist at the real estate office, dutiful daughter, wife, and mother

Manny Viveiros, 56, married to Julia, does maintenance work on the machines at the smelter, a man who gets along in a company town and grew up in a fascist Portugal

Ana, 20, their daughter, a supervisor at the Ol’Keg Pub, well-organized, strong, smart, attached to her family, has a wild streak

Marta, 56, Julia’s sister, a real estate broker, City Councilor, believes in all corporations have to offer

Nuno, 22, Marta’s son, an insulator working in the modernization of the smelter

Jimmy, 23, an out of town worker, a welder, employed in the modernization of the smelter

Barb, 44, a nurse, an amateur naturalist

Tim, 26, a clean-cut guy, a canvasser for the Oil Company, personable, nervous under pressure


Clara, 20, a recent immigrant to Kitimat from the Azores, Portugal

José da Terra, 22, a recent immigrant to Kitimat from the Azores, Portugal

Chorus: The People / A Gente (in Act I, they are people from the 1950s (with a few exceptions); in Act II, from 2014), founders of Kitimat, city planners, film makers, reporters and residents; Azoreans; the Haisla; people working for the oil company; members of a grassroots environmental group

First Produced:

2015, Los Angeles


Kitimat is available through the following link The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin & Kitimat » Books » Talonbooks.

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