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Drama Canadian


by (author) Matthew MacKenzie

foreword by Christine Sokaymoh Frederick

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2020
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As the prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Pursued by the RCMP, he heads through the Rockies for Burnaby, BC, along the route of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. By the time he reaches the Pacific, Floyd has experienced changes: his gait widening, muscles bulging, sense of smell heightening…

About the authors

Matthew MacKenzie (Métis) is a multi-award-winning playwright. Among his awards and recognition are the National Theatre School’s Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Award, Tarragon Theatre’s Urjo Kareda Residency, and he was the 2010 Grand Prize recipient of the 44th Alberta Playwriting Competition. Matthew has had nearly a dozen of his works produced in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and New York. He is based in Edmonton.

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Christine Sokaymoh Frederick is an urban Cree-Métis with decades of experience in multiple artistic disciplines. She is Executive Director and Producer of the Rubaboo Arts Festival and the Dreamspeakers International Film Festival, which celebrated their tenth and twenty-fifth anniversaries in 2019. She is the first Indigenous Associate Artist of the Citadel Theatre and first Indigenous board member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and she sits on the national Canada 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair board. She’s attended the University of Alberta, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the University for Peace (Costa Rica). She is former Chair of the Edmonton Arts Council, former Vice Chair of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and has sat on the executive of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. She served on the committees for the “?? (ÎNÎW) River Lot 118, one of the first Indigenous Public Art Parks. She recently produced/performed in the double bill national tour of Bears and her own play Minosis Gathers Hope. She is the recipient of the 2007 Esquao Award in Arts, and the 2016 Edmonton Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Leadership.

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  • Nominated, Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama
  • Winner, Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play
  • Winner, Carol Bolt Award

Editorial Reviews

“It’s packed with the same adrenaline rush you’d get from a sprint. And like any run, Bears will leave you breathless.”

Amanda Ghazale Aziz, NOW Magazine

“It’s a blend of chase story, identity search, ode to Indigenous spirituality, dark comedy, interdisciplinary spectacle, and eco-activist plea.”

The Georgia Straight

Bears is inventive and daring theatre.”

Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal