Indian Arm

By (author): Hiro Kanagawa

Rita and Alfred Allmers live in an isolated family cabin on native leasehold land overlooking Indian Arm, a still untamed glacial fjord just north of Vancouver, BC. With Alfred—a formerly promising novelist—now struggling with his latest work, Rita has been tasked with caring for their adopted son Wolfie, a sensitive First Nations teen who has been designated as “special needs” for much of his life. Rita’s resentments and frustrations are further embittered by her younger half-sister, Asta, a constant reminder of the innocence, idealism, and sexual allure Rita once had and yearns for again. The fragile impasse of their lives is torn asunder by the appearance of Janice, the surviving member of the Indigenous family who leased the land to Rita and Asta’s reclusive and mysterious father over fifty years ago. With the lease now expired, they are all engulfed by the secrets and contradictions of their lives and of the land itself—in both the past and the present—and their stories are drawn inexorably toward an unspeakable tragedy.

In this modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, award-winning author Hiro Kanagawa explores the uneasy intersection of privilege and birthright.


Hiro Kanagawa

Cindy Mochizuki’s illustrative work has appeared in West Coast Line, Front magazine and Alternatives Journal. Her short films and exhibitions, including AIR 475 (2014), have been screened both domestically and internationally. She currently lives in Vancouver, where received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.


“A major accomplishment.”

Indian Arm will sneak up on you and rip open your heart.”


  • Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama 2017, Winner
  • Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script 2015, Winner
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    112 Pages
    8.35in * 5.32in * .28in


    December 08, 2016



    9781770915749 – EPUB

    9781770915756 – MobiPocket

    9781770915732 – PDF

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    DRAMA / Canadian



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