February 7 – March 5, 2023

The Unplugging

Yvette Nolan

Show Info

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

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 from the village arrives, seeking their aid, they must decide whether they will use their knowledge of the past to give the society that rejected them a chance at a future.

Yvette Nolan 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’re lucky—and wise!—we may turn to our Indigenous brethren and their knowledge of the land. MS