The Unnatural and Accidental Women Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889225213
Pages: 128
Pub. Date: January 1 2005
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.3125"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Drama / DRA019000

  • DRAMA / Canadian
  • DRAMA / Indigenous Peoples in the Americas
  • DRAMA / Women Authors

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The Unnatural and Accidental Women

By Marie Clements

The Unnatural and Accidental Women is a surrealist dramatization of a thirty-year murder case involving many mysterious deaths in the “Skid Row” area of Vancouver. All the victims were found dead with a blood-alcohol reading far beyond safe levels, and all were last seen in the company of Gilbert Paul Jordan, who frequented the city’s bars preying on primarily middle-aged Native women. The coroner’s reports listed the cause of death of many of these women as “unnatural and accidental.”

Marie Clements reconstructs the lives of these women as shaped by lost connections—to loved ones, to the land, to a way of life—lives of at times desperate, at times tender yearning for ties of communication, belonging and shelter gone dead. These are precariously vulnerable lives, so easily drawn to their end by the heat and light of a flame, lives that thirst for an end of searching in forgetfulness.

Winner 1998 Jessie Richardson Award for The P.T.C. Award - Outstanding Original Play in Development

“Poetry, multi-media, inventive staging, and arresting choral works honour the women’s lives and seek empowering narratives beyond the victimizing tropes of the media.”
Canadian Literature

"One of the most affecting plays I have ever read … This gut-wrenching exploration of the racism and sexism inherent in the Canadian justice system is especially stirring in the wake of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine. Clements is a brilliant storyteller and brings light and even playful moments to this stunning work."

“Marie Clements … has managed to turn a true story of murder and tragedy from what is gruesome and despicable at best into a beautifully presented and acted play … ”
Raven’s Eye