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By Matthew MacKenzie
Subjects: Western Playwrights, Alberta, Environmental Issues, Indigenous Playwrights, Metis, Award Winners
Duration: 70 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369101068, 64 pages, April 2020
Expected to ship: 2020-04-28


  • Winner, Carol Bolt Award 2018
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play 2018
  • Winner, Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play 2018


“There’s no such thing as neutral in the bear world. ”

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…

A multidisciplinary dark comedy about the Trans Mountain Pipeline, Bears asks what the hell it is we think we’re doing here.


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

- The Georgia Straight

“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

Bears is inventive and daring theatre. ”

- Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal