Sila

Written by:

Chantal Bilodeau

Cast Size:
9

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Activism
Canada
Canadian Politics
Climate Change
Environment
Family
French
Grief
Indigenous
Intergenerational
Inuit
Natural Resources
Nature
Politics
Science
Suicide

Length:

105 min.

Year Written:

2011

Synopsis:

“The first play of The Arctic Cycle, Sila examines the competing interests shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population. Set on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, it follows a climate scientist, an Inuit activist and her daughter, two Canadian Coast Guard officers, an Inuit elder and two polar bears as they see their values challenged and their lives become intricately intertwined. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, Sila features puppetry, spoken word poetry and three different languages (English, French & Inuktitut).” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Leanna: fifties, Inuk, Climate change activist / Jean: forties, Quebecois, Climate scientist with a specialty in sea ice / Thomas: forties, English Canadian, Pfficer for the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services / Veronica: thirties, Inuk, Leanna’s daughter, Teaches at the high school and performs spoken-word poetry / Mama: An adult polar bear. Played by a puppet or by the same actress who plays Veronica / Daughter: A young polar bear cub. Played by a puppet or by an actress / Raphael: thirties, Second-generation Quebecois, Officer for the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services / Nuliajuk: Inuk Goddess of the Ocean and the Underworld. Played by an oversized puppet or by the same actress who plays Daughter / Tulugaq: sixties, Inuk Elder / Sea Animals: played by the company

First Produced:

Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA, 2014

Resources:

Available through the CPO Website.

Notes:

Woodward International Playwriting Prize
First Prize Earth Matters On Stage Ecodrama Festival
First Prize Uprising National Playwriting Competition
Honorable Mention Women in the Arts & Media Coalition

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