Sila (Canada)

Originally commissioned by Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, Sila – the Inuktitut word for air, climate or breath – examines the competing interests shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population. Set on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, it follows seven characters including a climate scientist, an Inuit activist, two Coast Guard officers and a polar bear, as they see their values challenged and their lives become intricately intertwined. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, Sila uses puppetry, spoken word poetry and three different languages (English, French and Inuktitut). The play was inspired by a three-week trip to Baffin Island.

 

Underground Railway Theater, 2014. © A.R. Sinclair Photography


 

Readings & Workshops

Factory Theatre (Canada), 2015
Akpik Theatre (Canada), 2015
Framingham State University, 2014
The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, 2014
American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2014
Tufts University, 2014
California Institute of Technology, 2013
Mount Royal University (Canada), 2012
Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
Underground Railway Theater & the MIT Museum (Cambridge, MA), 2012
University of Connecticut, 2012
York University (Canada), 2011
Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (Canada), 2011
Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company (San Diego, CA), 2010, 2011

 

"The challenge mastered in “Sila” by the playwright, actors and puppets is to involve the audience in each character’s world view so completely that, although we don’t necessarily become their allies, we feel their differing loyalties before we can argue with them." — Artscope Magazine


Underground Railway Theater, 2014. © A.R. Sinclair Photography


 

Productions

Cyrano's Theatre (Anchorage, AK), 2016
University of Oregon, 2015
Underground Railway Theater, a project of Catalyst Collaborative@MIT (Cambridge, MA), 2014
University of New Hampshire, 2014

 

 

Awards

Woodward International Playwriting Prize
First Prize, Earth Matters On Stage Ecodrama Festival
First Prize, Uprising National Playwriting Competition
Honorable Mention, New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media

 

"Theater goers shouldn’t miss Sila, its sublime unfolding is compelling and gives everyone a little room to breathe." —Anchorage Press


Underground Railway Theater, 2014. © A.R. Sinclair Photography

Underground Railway Theater, 2014. © A.R. Sinclair Photography


Research Gallery – Nunavut, Canada