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Christopher Morris

Playwrights Canada Press

The lives of a Toronto anthropologist and a sixteen-year-old Inuk girl intersect during twenty-four hours of darkness in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.


Life is different when you live in twenty-four-hour darkness. But for Piuyuq, a teenager in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, the pressing darkness and bone-chilling winter winds are the least of her worries. Daniella, a stranger from Toronto, has arrived in town carrying a silver box and news of Piuyuq’s grandfather, a man who had left Nunavut decades before. But how did Daniella find him after all these years? And why did she have to come all the way to Pond Inlet to reveal the truth? Daniella’s unexpected arrival and the shocking revelation she brings prompts Piuyuq and her community to deal with demons they thought long buried.


Christopher Morris is a director, actor, and playwright residing in Toronto. He is the founder and artistic director of Human Cargo, and is co-founder/co-artistic director of the Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group, an Inuit theatre company based in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Prior to initiating these companies Christopher established himself as a director and actor. He is the recipient of the 2012 John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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