by  Jordan Hall

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 2f

"Gripping, heartbreaking." -Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio
"A trio of vivid, memorable characters." - Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine
"Stellar, insightful writing." - Dave Deveau, Plank Magazine

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Fables/Folktales, Science Fiction
  • Accolades


    Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Alone on a vast stretch of water, Annie Iversen recounts the strange chain of events that left her stranded in her son’s old kayak. A doting suburban mother, Annie is blindsided when her son, Peter, falls in love with Julie, a passionate environmental activist. Unable to reconcile herself to Julie’s radical worldview, Annie struggles desperately to keep Peter from falling further into the young woman’s dangerous world. Climate change, S’mores, SUVs, and Noah’s Ark are all onstage as Annie sets out to save her son, and unwittingly throws herself into the path of events larger than she ever could have imagined. Touching and provocative, Kayak invites us all to confront our choices in the landscape of the growing environmental crisis.
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  • Winner! 2010 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest


"Gripping, heartbreaking." -Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio

"A trio of vivid, memorable characters." - Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

"Stellar, insightful writing." - Dave Deveau, Plank Magazine


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, The Future
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


1m, 2f

ANNIE IVERSEN – a suburban housewife; various ages, mostly fifty-six
PETER IVERSEN – a recent university graduate; various ages, mostly twenty-four
JULIE DANIELS – a Greenpeace activist; various ages, mostly twenty-three

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



Jordan Hall

Jordan Hall is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work focuses on climate change, the exploration of genre, and the development of the fully-realized female protagonist. Her work has been dubbed “stellar, insightful” by Plank Magazine, “thoughtful” by CBC Radio, and “vivid, memorable” by NOW. She has be ...

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Kayak was initially developed as a monologue in a Playwrighting Masterclass at the Tarragon Theatre in December of 2008. Early drafts were presented in a reading at Women Playwrights International in Mumbai India in November of 2009, and as part of Tableau d’Hôte Theatre’s Series of New Canadian Works in Montreal in December of 2009. Kayak was first performed at The Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace as an official selection of the 2010 Summerworks Festival in Toronto, Ontario, on August 6th, 2010. This world premiere production was directed by Tommy Taylor.

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