Busted Up: A Yukon Story

By Geneviève Doyon // Directed by Jessica Hickman // Original Music by Brooke Maxwell

Photo by: Alistair Maitland Photography

Photo by: Alistair Maitland Photography

After three years of gathering interviews, transcribing, and editing, Whitehorse’s Open Pit Theatre presented Busted Up: A Yukon Story as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and the Yukon Art Centre's 2017/18 season. 

Set right here in the Yukon, 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 territory, why they stayed, their beliefs, their roots and their fears.  

Throughout the play, the juxtaposed voices of these people gather and evolve around the relationships between aboriginal people and settlers, natural resource extractions, the growing immigrant population and the fast paced changes Canada's north is experiencing.  

The result is a powerful play full of humor, violence, absurdity, and tenderness.

…it simultaneously brought me to laughter and broke my heart.”
“ L’intersection des histoires des différents personnages tissent un portrait qui représente le Yukon que j’aime et j’habite, avec toutes ses complexités et ses contradictions.”
“Funny, poignant, silly, sombre. Phenomenal.”
The play was created as part of The Yukon Verbatim Project, which consisted of gathering over 60 interviews from eight communities including Whitehorse. Seven actors play 33 real life Yukon characters and use only their exact words as transcribed during the interviews. No words have been altered or added to the script!

Leave a Message (après le bip) 

Photo: Ruth Borgfjord Photography

Photo: Ruth Borgfjord Photography

In January 2014, Open Pit's new play Leave a Message (après le bip) was commissioned by Nakai Theatre to perform in the Pivot Theatre Festival in Whitehorse, YT.  

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. 

PRESS:

What's Up Yukon : Après le Bip

North of Ordinary TV : Episode 1. 3:09: Leave a message (après le bip) 


Nowhere Near

Photo: Rick Massie

Photo: Rick Massie

Nowhere Near was produced August 19th & 20th, 2011 at the Yukon Arts Centre Studio Theatre.  A devised physical piece about six people travelling from Whitehorse to Dawson City on a bus.  It crashes and they are flown out the back and into limbo.  The piece uses contact improvisation, storytelling, song, and physical theatre to portray life and death in the north.  

PRESS:

CBC Radio: Theatre company brings new style to town 

Yukon News: Tackling non-traditional theatre in the territory

What's Up Yukon: Devising New Theatre

Whitehorse Star: Production Recounts Stories of Bus Crash Victims  (Subscription Required)