Busted Up: A Yukon Story

September 15-23, 2017 - Old Fire Hall, Whitehorse

September 26-27, 2017 - Odd Fellows Hall, Dawson City (TBC)

Words of the Yukon (previous working title) artwork by Erin Corbett

Busted Up: A Yukon Story takes place in Canada's far north; the land of the midnight sun, a place where the caribou outnumber the humans, a territory of extreme weather and the traditional home of 14 different First Nations.  

In this unusual setting, a plethora of real-life characters whose opinions and stories are as varied as their age and ethnic backgrounds reveal themselves: how they ended up in the Yukon, why they stayed, their beliefs, their roots and their fears.  

Throughout the play, the juxtaposed voices of these people gather and evolve around the main themes:

  • relationships between aboriginal people and settlers,
  • natural resource extractions,
  • the growing immigrant population and the fast paced changes Canada's north is experiencing.  

The dissonance and resonance between these voices dig into the complexity of human relationships and the way they occupy land.  The interactions of these characters on stage go from being hilarious to violent, with moments of tenderness, absurdity and fear along the way.

Busted Up: A Yukon Story was created as part of The Yukon Verbatim Project, which consisted of gathering over 60 interviews from across the Yukon Territory. The play uses only the words of those interviewed, and the actors portray over twenty real life Yukon residents.  

Words of the Yukon simultaneously brought me to laughter and broke my heart.”

”This show definitely has scope for international performances.”

”I hope this show gets developed further, it should be mandatory viewing for all our politicians.”

”Funny, poignant, silly, sombre. PHENOMENAL!
— Audience Feedback (March 2015 Staged Reading)

For more information about the creation process, please visit our PROJECTS page.   


Leave a Message (après le bip)

(In Development)

Leave a Message (après le bip) tells the story of Claire's final journey. Her inability to connect in a setting that numbs her leads Claire on a constant quest for more. As loneliness becomes her country and her fascination with death deepens, Claire grows deaf to voices that care and travels North for one last adventure. Way up there, the unexpected happens. 

In 2011, during The Devised Yukon Project,  Geneviève Doyon created a monolgue entitled Rocks as part of Open Pit's Devised Yukon Project From this piece, Geneviève with the help of co-writer Aislinn Cornett, wrote a new play based on the character that emerged from the monologue. The play is called Leave a message (après le bip)  and was produced for the first time as part of Nakai Theatre's Homegrown festival in May 2012.

In June 2013, co-authors Aislinn and Geneviève dusted the script off, and have been working on a new draft of Leave a message (après le bip) since. They had the opportunity to work with Vancouver dramaturg DD Kugler.

 As of January 1, 2014 they had a brand new second draft to share with the Yukon audience. Open Pit Theatre presented a workshop production of this second draft of Leave a Message (après le bip) at Nakai Theatre's Pivot Festival. Prior to the presentations, actors Roy Neilson and Geneviève Doyon and director Jessica Hickman had three days and minimal budget to put this freshly finished draft of their feet.

Geneviève is now diving into the third draft of Leave a Message (après le bip). Stay tuned for development.