IN THE CANYON
Jackalope Theatre Company, 2018
Directed by Elly Green
Written by Calamity West
IN THE CANYON is a new American saga by Calamity West spanning from 2007 to 2067. In an exploration of the present attack on Roe v. Wade, this world premiere chronicles a story of survival, and imagines the decline of a broken society. When the sun begins to set on a shattered world, the canyon rocks and walls come alive and a story of resistance is birthed.
"a rush of an Orwellian dystopian drama"
"Her themes include the creep of fascism, the demonizing of the opposition and, ultimately, the creation of an alternate reality, all of us having been slowly Keyser Soze’d..."
"...a prairie-style antidote to the overeducated elitist writers"
"...an essential Chicago-style voice."
"In the Canyon is about the consequences, not only of our actions but also of our inaction, on everything from climate change to reproductive rights. It examines both the impending scarcity of resources and the collapse of due process and constitutional protections. This crisis is upon us. A crisis we could have prevented. But, although there is much to despair here, ultimately this play is grounded in West’s worldview that faith, love and the courage of our convictions are our most powerful weapons against tyranny and the most important legacy we have to pass to future generations."
"Playwright Calamity West...has emerged as a leading aesthetic innovator of storefront realism as well as a tough-as-nails moralist....West's ominous new drama...is the center of something extraordinary."