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By Vern Thiessen
Afterword by Sandra Ionno Butcher
Subjects: History, Western Playwrights, Alberta, Science & Scientists
Casting: 6 actors
Duration: 105 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369100603, 120 pages, December 2019
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369100627, December 2019
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369100610, December 2019


1957. Barely a decade after the first use of atomic bombs, the world is divided and fearful of the real threat of nuclear weaponry. In an effort to understand the devastating effects of radiation, leading scientists and academics—world-renowned “Thinkers”—are invited to a conference in the small town of Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

Two local children, Conni and Jamie, take interest in some of the Thinkers, who are humbled by their innocent welcome. But a spy disguised as a reporter has conned Jamie for information to use against the Thinkers, putting the entire conference—and the town of Pugwash—at risk. 


“It's an intelligent and thoughtful play that is relevant in many ways to today's political climate, while shedding light on an intriguing local story.”

- Michael Lake, The Coast