It is 1897, and word of gold on the Klondike has spurred a frantic rush of miners to cash in on the riches rumoured to be found there. But by the time the prospectors arrive, all the claims have been staked. Without enough supplies or expertise to endure the harsh conditions of the north, hundreds of lives are devastated by starvation, exhaustion, and disease. Desperation sets in over the landscape and ushers in a harsh social climate of chaos, opportunism, and competition, with people willing to do literally anything to either survive or find a way out.
Very few women joined the scramble, and those who did usually found themselves in high demand as cooks, washers, and objects of entertainment. Little romance filled the air, and those women independent and strong-willed enough to break free of their traditional social constraints acquired great power over the men who attempted to buy and trade them like the most valuable of commodities, “worth their weight in gold.”
In its celebration of one woman’s determination to triumph over all who seek to possess her, Wanted is far more than a period-piece history play. Resonant with echoes of the contemporary global village in which every one and every thing, including body parts and functions, have their cynically and openly advertised price, it is a portrait of raw desire, greed, and lust for acquisition stripped of every veneer of civilization and reduced to a confrontation of the will to power in a world utterly indifferent to what is either fair or just.