Sinkhole (or six ways to disappear)

Written by:

Adjani Poirier

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+
Person/People of Colour

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • LGBTQ+: 3
  • Men: 2
  • People of Colour: 6
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Comedy
Drama
Fantasy

Themes:

Class
Coming of Age
Community
LGBTQ+
Magic Realism

Length:

110 min.

Year Written:

2022

Synopsis:

A heat wave descends upon the city, school’s out for summer and Benita can’t wait to finally
relax. But when a mischievous sinkhole cracks open below her apartment building and a beloved community member goes missing, it’s clear the universe has something else in store for her. While Benita attempts to do damage control on these major issues her neighbours all but ignore them. Instead Mabs obsessively hangs her laundry, Pete tries to retire, DJ hunts for jobs and Roo is hiding something. On top of all this Benita is fairly certain she just heard the sinkhole sing…but that would be impossible, right?

Through the interwoven stories of an intergenerational community Sinkhole (or six ways to
disappear) explores the human subconscious, the fear of disappearing and the strength of a
working class community.

Characters:

Benita — Black / 14 years old

Roo — Black / Early 30’s years old

DJ — Black / 17 years old

Pete — Black / Nearly 65 years old

Mabs — Any ethnicity / late 60’s

Elsie — Black / mid 30’s

Resources:

The play can be accessed at the Canadian Play Outlet.

Notes:

The characters Benita and Elsie are written as Black, but the playwright is open to considering the casting of non-white actors of another racialized minority.

The SINKHOLE is a character/presence felt and experienced on stage, but an actor is not
necessarily required to fill this role

Warnings:

Contains harsh language, discussion of domestic abusive, drug use (marijuana)