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Everything I Couldn't Tell You

Everything I Couldn't Tell You

By Jeff D'Hondt
Subjects: Mental Health, Death, Grief & Loss, Indigenous Playwrights, First Nations, Science & Scientists
Casting: 3 f
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104830, 104 pages, February 2024
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369104854, 104 pages, February 2024
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369104847, 104 pages, February 2024


Revived from a coma after a traumatic event, Megan’s injuries leave her capable of great violence, forcing her desperate physician Cassandra to recruit Alison, an Indigenous clinician, as her consultant. Alison uses an innovative form of technologically enhanced expressive arts therapy to augment the rehabilitative effects of speaking Lenape, their shared (and almost extinct) language. However, this reminder of cultural expression and identity triggers Megan, putting herself into a life-threatening situation. With Megan’s safety in jeopardy, Alison must internalize a life-changing lesson to save her: pain is often unjust, but it also reminds us that we’re alive.

Everything I Couldn’t Tell You is a potent reminder of the healing and rehabilitative power within Indigenous languages.


“Science, music, art and language combine in the search of a healing prayer in [the] . . .  mind-blowing, heart-wrenching Everything I Couldn’t Tell You.”

- Life With More Cowbell