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Reasonable Doubt

Reasonable Doubt

By Joel Bernbaum, Lancelot Knight, and Yvette Nolan
Introduction by Maria Campbell
Subjects: Verbatim Theatre, Women Writers, Indigenous Playwrights, First Nations, Musicals, Prairie Playwrights, Saskatchewan, Death, Grief & Loss, History, Rural Settings
Casting: 6 roles
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369103604, 112 pages, December 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369103611, December 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369103628, 250 pages, December 2022


  • Short-listed, City of Saskatoon Book Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2024
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2024


A significant moment in Canadian history is portrayed in this documentary musical about race relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Weaving hundreds of real interviews conducted with Saskatchewan residents and the court transcripts surrounding the killing of Colten Boushie and trial of Gerald Stanley, a kaleidoscopic picture is formed of the views of the incident, the province, and relationships between all people in Canada.

A verbatim play with music created by Joel Bernbaum, Lancelot Knight, and Yvette Nolan, Reasonable Doubt provides a space to honestly talk to each other about what has happened on this land and how we can live together. 


“At no point can the audience find refuge in the notion that this is only a play, only a script. Every line was actually spoken by someone Bernbaum interviewed.”

- Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

“Verbatim theatre usually does a good job of putting the audience in the shoes of the people speaking, but Reasonable Doubt puts you in your own shoes and makes you deal with the mud splattered across them.”

- Matt Olson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix