The Way North

When a lost, cold and very pregnant young woman stumbles on to her rural homestead in the Minnesota wilderness, Freddy Hanson doesn't hesitate to take her in. It's the right thing to do, and as the county's former Sheriff, Freddy has dedicated her life to protecting and serving others. But when her new guest turns out to be a Sudanese refugee making a run for the Canadian border, what it means to...
When a lost, cold and very pregnant young woman stumbles on to her rural homestead in the Minnesota wilderness, Freddy Hanson doesn't hesitate to take her in. It's the right thing to do, and as the county's former Sheriff, Freddy has dedicated her life to protecting and serving others. But when her new guest turns out to be a Sudanese refugee making a run for the Canadian border, what it means to protect and serve becomes a more complicated, and far more dangerous, question.

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The Way North

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  • Stephanie Alison Walker:
    4 Nov. 2019
    I saw a reading of The Way North at The Road theatre in Los Angeles and am not at all surprised to see how far this play is going. Tira has crafted a beautiful, poetic and poignant story with such clear place, characters and stakes. I saw the reading months ago, but can still see all the images in my mind. That's what her work does, it evokes specific pictures, settings and people- brings them alive. The Way North is a play for today- about the politics of today, told through the characters with such heart.
  • Donnetta Lavinia Grays:
    13 Oct. 2019
    What can I say that hasn't already been said about this extraordinary play? It is moving, beautifully written and should be produced immediately. I am so glad that is was selected as an Honorable Mention for the Kilroys List 2019. So well deserved!
  • Kari Bentley-Quinn:
    27 Sep. 2019
    I loved this play. I was captivated by the urgent situation and the two strong women at the helm of this story, and the poetic language and imagery of the North Midwestern landscape painted a clear picture of the world in my mind. It also brings up the timely issue of refugees without preachiness or easy answers. I hope I can see a production of this moving play in New York soon!

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    the Phoenix Theatre
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Capital Rep's NEXT ACT! New Play Summit
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Capital Rep's NEXT ACT! New Play Summit
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
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New Play Festival
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Boston Court
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2019
Finalist
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Conference
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Bay Area Playwrights Festival
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2018