The WatershedFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889229884 | paperback / softback

$18.95 | 144 pages | Pub. Date: 2016
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1 D inches
Drama | Backlist | Bisac: DRA013000
ISBN 13: 9780889229884 | Rights: WORLD

How much do we value clean water? Enough to stop our industrialized way of life from degrading it? The documentary play The Watershed follows an artist and her family in the struggle to chart a sustainable course between economic prosperity and environmental stewardship.

Largely constructed from original interviews conducted by the playwright, The Watershed brings to the stage a multiplicity of ideological perspectives and conflicting visions for Canada’s natural resources, and its characters speak the words of real Canadians from all across the political spectrum.

As the play reaches its boiling point, one thing becomes abundantly clear: a contemporary play about water in Canada must also be about oil. And so the playwright and family travel to Alberta’s tar sands, encountering along the way some of the world’s great freshwater scientists, some of Canada’s fiercest environmental activists, and impassioned individuals at work in the country’s burgeoning oil sector.

Policy is anything but dry in The Watershed; in fact, it holds startling implications for our national identity and future.

Cast of eight women and men.

By Annabel Soutar

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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news | 2016-05-27
The Watershed has arrived!

…of Spring 2016 – is Annabel Soutar’s docu-drama The Watershed. Possibly the thickest play we’ve ever had … printed, The Watershed really gives readers something to chew on; this … original interviews conducted by the playwright, The Watershed brings to the stage a multiplicity of ideological … those realities. Policy is anything but dry in The Watershed; in fact, it holds startling implications for our … national identity and future. The Watershed will be back on stage in September–October 2016 …


news | 2016-01-20
A look at what’s coming this spring

…entangled musicians on an ill-fated winter tour The Watershed by Annabel Soutar, author of Seeds, is a …


news | 2016-01-05
Best of 2015

…playwright Annabel Soutar, author of Seeds and The Watershed (forthcoming in 2016), as one of its Canadian … artists of the year. TGAM also calls The Watershed “this year’s epic exploration of the politics of …


news | 2015-07-08
World Premiere of The Watershed in Toronto

The Watershed is a new play by Annabel Soutar, author of the … co-produced by Porte Parole and Crow’s Theatre, The Watershed premiered yesterday, July 7, and runs until July … 19, 2015. The Watershed follows a documentary theatre artist as she leads …