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“No More Harveys” has Arrived!

Talonbooks’ latest play, No More Harveys by Chantal Bilodeau has arrived! In turns funny, insightful, and moving, No More Harveys is the third instalment in the Arctic Cycle, a series of plays that looks at the social and environmental impacts of the climate crisis on the eight Arctic states.

The protagonist of No More Harveys is sure of one thing: be they hurricanes or Hollywood producers, Harveys suck. We meet her fleeing her abusive husband (also named Harvey) and heading to Alaska to reunite with friends. Instead, she encounters the wonder of whales.

Read an excerpt from No More Harveys here:

WOMAN

Think about me and Teri and Sonya and all the beautiful,

wonderful women out there who have found themselves

trapped by a Harvey. … Why didn’t we migrate before it was too late?

But whales are smart. They didn’t wait until it was too

late. And some of that migrating was tricky: they had to

move their nose up to the top of their head, develop a

communication technology that would work under water,

and grow baleen for filtering food.

Witty and clear-eyed, No More Harveys is an unmissable play that presents a world dominated by colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy where the problems that plague our communities, be we women or whales, share the same gnarled roots. Pick up a copy here.

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