Indian Arm

Hiro Kanagawa's Indian Arm, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for drama, is a play about a a family and the tragedy that sends them into a tailspin.

Hiro Kanagawa

Rita and Alfred Allmers live on a shorefront home on native leasehold land north of Deep Cove, B.C., with their adopted son Wolfie, a sensitive First Nations 16-year-old who suffers from cerebral hypoxia. While Rita cares for Wolfie, her maternal feelings have been marred over the years by resentment for her role as mother to a differently abled son and longs for the days when she and Alfred were content and connected.

Further disrupting the Allmers' already tense household is Asta, Rita's half-sister, who brings news that a nearby bridge is closed because of a suspected jumper and Janice, a woman desperately trying to meet with Rita to discuss the expired lease on their property. Wolfie — caught in the middle of an intense, unhappy mother and a resigned father — is the pressure point that continuously gathers heat. When his suppressed tension begins to boil to the surface, an explosive, unspeakable tragedy sends the family into a visceral tailspin. (From Playwrights Canada Press

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