February 7 – March 5, 2023 | Live streaming February 21 - 26

The Unplugging

Yvette Nolan

Show Info

“…The Unplugging is so funny, smart, and nuanced…” The Snipe, Vancouver

“…a gentle, emotional, immediate morality tale…timely, fascinating, and necessary.” Toronto Star

“…both charming and sentimental…the script has … a sense of humour to keep its message from overwhelming the relationships at its heart.” Vancouver Sun

When all the world’s technology ceases to function, it is time to find a new way of surviving—or an old way. Two women—one Indigenous and one white, exiled from their village for being too old to bear children, trudge across the desolate, post-apocalyptic ruin, relying on traditional wisdom for
survival. When a charismatic stranger appears, seeking their aid, they must choose whether to use their knowledge of the past to provide hope for the future to the community that branded them “useless.”

Yvette was inspired to write The Unplugging after the death of her mother, and the realization that she had not learned enough about her Anishinaabe heritage.

Why I Chose This Play
Yvette Nolan suggests that the day technology fails us, we will no longer know how to survive. This beautiful play imagines that day, and how—if we are lucky—and wise! —we will embrace Indigenous knowledge of the land and ways of being; and truly discover a new way of living—and living together. MS

The Unplugging is approximately 85 minutes long with no intermission.

Audience Advisory: Strong language, mature subject matter.



The Unplugging is generously sponsored by

Cast & Artists

    • Lois Anderson
    • Bern
    • Marsha Knight
    • Elena
    • čačumḥi – aaron wells
    • Seamus
    • Yvette Nolan
    • Playwright
    • Reneltta Arluk
    • Director
    • Daniela Masellis
    • Set & Lighting Designer
    • Catherine Hahn
    • Costume Designer
    • Krystle Pederson
    • Composer, Sound Designer & Onstage Musician
    • Shannon Litzenberger
    • Assistant Director
    • Liz King
    • Stage Manager
    • Jalisa Gonie
    • Assistant Stage Manager
    • Liz Page
    • Apprentice Stage Manager