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The Unplugging – Watershed Sentinel

by ahnationtalk on February 3, 202330 Views

February 2, 2023

Yvette Nolan’s latest play explores community, climate change, and remembering solutions.

“The Unplugging” brings audiences on a journey to a time when all the world’s technology has ceased to function. Two women – one Indigenous, one white – are exiled from their village for being too old to bear children.

Playwright Yvette Nolan (Algonquin, Irish) says, “The women are banished from their community because they’re not useful…. They have to remember their traditional knowledge to survive.”

As a playwright, director, and dramaturge, two major themes run through Nolan’s work – climate change and relations between people, especially between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. “Those are things that I’m curious about, and that I would like to affect in some way. And I do that by telling a story [that] makes people wonder what their role is in the story. Whether it’s climate change or their relationships with the people they share the land with.”

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