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The Unplugging

May 2018

By Yvette Nolan - Directed by Reneltta Arluk



“…an aboriginal – and feminist – perspective on how the lessons of the past can help us survive an uncertain future”
– Globe and Mail


When the world becomes unplugged – no more iPhones, internet or electricity – two exiled older women retreat to the land, reclaiming wisdom from the past to survive, and build a future.

Presented by the Yukon Arts Centre, Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, KIAC, Vuntut Gwitchin Government, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Junction Arts & Music

May 2 – 5, 7:30pm – Old Fire Hall, Whitehorse, Yukon (pay-what-you-decide preview May 1, 7:30pm)

Tickets: yukontickets.com

May 9, 7pm – Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Dawson City

Tickets at the door: $10/adults, $5/elders, youth

May 10, 7pm – Community Hall, Old Crow (admission by donation)

May 14, 7pm – Na-Cho Nyak Dun Government House, Mayo (admission by donation)

May 16, 7:30pm – St. Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction

Tickets at the door: $20/adults, $10/elders, youth

In an instant, the world changes. Electricity stops flowing and humanity is left in the dark. Two women – free-spirited Bern and cranky Elena – are exiled from their village for being too old to bear children. Under a winter’s moon they retreat to the bush, where they must rely on traditional knowledge to survive. When a charismatic young stranger from the village arrives seeking their aid, the women must decide whether to share their wisdom, and give the society that rejected them a chance at a future.

Inspired by the Gwich’in story Two Old Women, as told by Velma Wallis.

– Winner of Vancouver’s Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script

By Yvette Nolan*
Directed by Reneltta Arluk**
Starring Heather Majaury, Mary Sloan, Aaron M. Wells**
Set, Properties & Costumes Designer: Daniela Masellis
Lighting Designer/Technical Director: Cimmeron Meyer
Sound Designer & Composer: K. Scott Maynard
Stage Manager: Liz King **
Production Manager: Erin Corbett

*Member of Playwrights Guild of Canada
**The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.

Gwaandak Theatre’s production of The Unplugging is generously supported by:

Funders – Canada Council for the Arts; Arts Operating Funds, Department of Tourism and Culture; Lotteries Yukon; Yukon Education: Culture Quest; Women’s Directorate; City of Whitehorse

Sponsors – Air North, Yukon’s Airline; What’s Up Yukon; Yukon News; Casey’s Bed and Breakfast; Archer Cathro & Associates (1981) Ltd.; Driving Force

Donors ($50 or more) – Mauro Family Foundation, Lisanna Sullivan, Joy Waters & David Neufeld, Karen Walker, Bean North Coffee Roasting Co., Heather LeDuc, Nancy Campbell, Majdi Bou-Matar, Natascha Chatterton, Lillian Nakamura Maguire, Patti Flather

The Unplugging is the inaugural work to come out of the Yukon Arts Centre’s performing arts residency: @YAC. The Yukon Arts Centre is excited about entering a new era in the support and development of original Yukon content.

Yukon Arts Centre is supported by:

Yukon Government; Department of Canadian Heritage; Canada Council for the Arts

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