The Flood (and Other Misadventures of the Female Prisoners of the St. Lawrence Market)

Written by:

Leah Simone Bowen

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

Black

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • People of Colour: 2
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

Canadian History
Women

Year Written:

2017

Synopsis:

In 1887, in the basement of the St. Lawrence Market, one of Canada’s largest, sits an all-female prison. Days before it floods, we meet the women of Toronto who for better or worse will have to come together to survive. Inspired by true accounts.

Characters:

MARY, petty thief, Mississauga

IRISH MARY, 8 months pregnant, Irish

IRYNA, farm housewife, hysterical, Ukrainian

SOPHIA, murderer, Black

VICTORIA, prisoner with multiple sclerosis

JENNIE, Iryna’s daughter

Other women prisoners

GUARD

SAMUEL, Iryna’s son

FRED, Iryna’s husband

Offstage Voice 1

Offstage Voice 2

Resources:

The Flood (and Other Misadventures of the Female Prisoners of the St. Lawrence Market) is available through Playwrights Canada Press.

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Notes:

The Star article here contains an overview of St. Lawrence Market’s history.