the arctic is melting and everyone wants a piece of it

April 7, 2011

Two years ago, thanks to a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, Mo`olelo commissioned playwright Chantal Bilodeau to write a play that explores the intersection of race, class and climate change. Originally from Montreal, Ms. Bilodeau was already researching the impact of climate change on the Inuit communities of the Canadian Arctic. This commission supported that work. As she traveled to the arctic and did further research, she encountered the complexities and contradictions of climate change: ice versus maritime commerce, human rights and activism colliding with family obligations, sovereignty colliding with sustainability. The result was a new play, Sila. The title, Sila, is an Inuit word for the breath of life, the primary component of everything that exists.

Mo`olelo workshopped the first draft of this script last year; Ms. Bilodeau and Mo`olelo’s Artistic Director Seema Sueko journeyed to Montreal in January of this year to workshop the script at Playwrights Workshop Montreal with Inuit and Quebecois actors; and we will now host the third and final workshop reading of this script on May 24. We invite you to join us. For those who saw the reading in 2010, the script has gone through significant adjustments, with some characters “being fired,” and a tightening of the story.


What:                    a reading of Sila by Chantal Bilodeau

When:                   Tuesday, May 24, 2011
 5:15 PM Potluck reception & mingle with the artistic team
6:00 PM Reading

Where:         The 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Reservations: Space is limited. Email: or call 619-342-7395 

Bring something to drink (bottle of wine, soda, whatever you fancy), food to share (cheese & crackers, hors d’oeuvre, or some other munchie), or make a $10 donation at the door.

About the play:     

The Arctic is melting and everyone wants a piece of it.

In the race to shape the future of the region, four characters – an ice scientist, an Inuit activist, an officer for the Marine Communications and Traffic Services and a polar bear – see their values challenged as their lives become intricately intertwined.


One Response to “the arctic is melting and everyone wants a piece of it”

  1. Dina Says:

    Dear Sima, Chantal, Brian, Jacob, Linda, Abel, John, Taylor & everyone else who contributed to the superb & harrowing Sila reading last night:
    Words are poor substitutes for the gratitude Lew & I feel for being enriched by the gift you gave us. My head is buzzing with activist ideas & I’m trying to comfort my aching heart with all the little habits I’ve developed to help protect & nurture the environment. It’s a good heartache, though, for it spurs me to learn & do more. We send you love on Sila wings… Dina & Lew

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