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In Spirit

In Spirit

By Tara Beagan
Subjects: Indigenous Playwrights, First Nations, Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age — 15–18, Women Writers, Western Playwrights, Alberta, Solo Shows, Death, Grief & Loss
Casting: 1 f
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770918061, 64 pages, November 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770918085, 64 pages, November 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770918078, 64 pages, November 2017


Twelve-year-old Molly was riding her new bicycle on a deserted road when a man in a truck pulled up next to her, saying he was lost. He asked if she could get in and help him back to the highway, and said he could bring her back to her bike after. Molly declined, out of interest for her own safety. The next things Molly remembers are dirt, branches, trees, pain, and darkness.
Molly is now a spirit.
Mustering up some courage, she pieces together her short life for herself and her family while she reassembles her bicycle—the same one that was found thrown into the trees on the side of the road. Juxtaposed with flashes of news, sounds, and videos, Molly’s chilling tale becomes more and more vivid, challenging humanity not to forget her presence and importance.

In an intimate, loving approach to the tragic subject of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the acclaimed author of Dreary and Izzy shines a light on the haunting tale of a preteen’s last moments.


In Spirit is a very touching piece, not only for the content, but also because of how we were transported into this little girl’s world… It is a refreshing change to see a play tackle a societal defect without hate and guilt. Through love and empathy it reminds us of the missing women and the horrors that are still taking place in our county.”

- Emma Letki, Mooney on Theatre

“Tara Beagan's In Spirit distills the tragic disappearance of hundreds of native women along BC's Highway of Tears into a powerful theatrical experience.”

- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

In Spirit, though perfectly straightforward, packs a cumulative emotional wallop, asking viewers simply to care about the loss of a precious life.”

- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine