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By Matthew MacKenzie
Foreword by Christine Sokaymoh Frederick
Subjects: Award Winners, Western Playwrights, Alberta, Indigenous Playwrights, Metis, Environmental Issues
Duration: 70 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369101068, 64 pages, June 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369101075, 250 pages, June 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369101082, 250 pages, June 2020


  • 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
  • Nominated, Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama 2020


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…


Bears is inventive and daring theatre.”

- Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

“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