The Unplugging

by Yvette Nolan

A Factory & Native Earth Performing Arts Partnership

Response from Native Earth Board regarding the Native Earth and Factory co-production of The Unplugging – Apr 29 2015

March 14 – April 5, 2015
Factory Mainstage

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Directed by Nina Lee Aquino
Sound Design by Romeo Candido
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Set Design by Camellia Koo
Costume Design by Joanna Yu
Dramaturgy by Ric Knowles
Stage Manager AJ Laflamme

Umed AminDiana Belshaw and Allegra Fulton

In a post-apocalyptic world, two aging Indigenous women are cast out of their village and forced to wander the desolate landscape with their only tools of survival: a shared traditional knowledge and deep friendship. When a young man appears and threatens their new way of life, the two women must choose between isolation and community.

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Cautionary Tip: “The only way I could see us going forward is to start over again.” – Yvette Nolan

Winner of Outstanding Original Script at the Jessie’s 2013


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“The ideas of community over the individual, equality between men and women, valuing those who were here first and what they know about this land: these things may save us in the end.” NOW Magazine

“Simple and honest, The Unplugging gives hope… that society does indeed possess the ability to pull away from the brink.”
– Mark Robins, Gay Vancouver

Yvette Nolan

Yvette Nolan is an Algonquin playwright, dramaturge and director who was born in Prince Albert Saskatchewan and raised in Winnipeg. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Scattering Jake, Donne In and What Befalls the Earth. She is the editor of Beyond the Pale and co-editor of Refractions: Solo. She has been the writer-in-residence at Brandon University, Mount Royal College and the National Arts Centre. Nolan served as Artistic Director for Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto from 2003 – 2011.

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Nina Lee Aquino

Nina Lee Aquino is a director, dramaturge and playwright. She is the current Artistic Director of the Factory. She is the editor of Canada’s first Asian-Canadian 2-volume drama anthology love + relasianships (Playwrights Canada Press) and the co-editor of the award winning New Essays on Canadian Theatre Volume One: Asian Canadian Theatre (Playwrights Canada Press). Nina co-wrote Miss Orient(ed) and has written her second play, Every Letter Counts (World Premiere, Factory Theatre 2013). Other credits include awards for directing: the Ken McDougall Award 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Direction 2011 (paper SERIES, Cahoots Theatre Company).

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Factory is a vibrant centre of new play development and presentation, with the proud by-line, “Home of the Canadian playwright.” Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Factory produces a full season of all-Canadian plays, many of them world premieres. Factory is edgy and contemporary with programming that celebrates diverse theatrical voices and culturally diverse artists. Visit the Factory Website

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