Eli Ham, Christine Wesley Genier & Melaina Sheldon. Photo: Bruce Barrett

The Hours That Remain

By Keith Barker

Denise has spent the last five years dedicated to uncovering the truth behind her sister Michelle’s disappearance. Haunted by loose ends, she begins seeing visions of Michelle, who gradually guides her in the right direction. As Denise’s marriage and sanity crumble around her, she remains committed to unearthing an unfathomable truth, and coming to terms with a painfully crucial realization—one she has been desperately avoiding.  The Hours That Remain is a moving, emotionally charged story of loss, bereavement, and unfaltering hope.

"Keith Barker's searing new play at the Talking Stick Festival is a testament to how rarely the plight of missing aboriginal women makes it into the headlines."

Georgia StraightJanet Smith

NNNN - "In The Hours That Remain, playwright Keith Barker, inspired by the disappearance of numerous women, many of them aboriginal, on British Columbia's Highway Of Tears, explores how hard it is to move on when a soulmate disappears...Barker plays with time in fascinating ways, leaving us sometimes unsure - just as Denise is - when we are in the story."

NOW MagazineJon Kaplan

“… this play ingeniously casts light on the issue without making you feel like you’d rather be somewhere else.”

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Production Details

1 Male

2 Female

60 minutes (1 act)

By Keith Barker

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Production History

First Produced by New Harlem Productions/Saskatchewan Native Theatre in 2012 at Studio 914, Saskatoon, SK.

It’s first production earned 4 Saskatoon Area Theatre Award nominations, and won the Achievement in Playwriting Award.

Published by Playwrights Canada Press.

Gwaandak Theatre and New Harlem Productions remounted the play with two new performers for a 2014 tour to Vancouver, B.C., Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon. This production won the Yukon Arts Audience Award “Best Art for Social Change”.


With Eli Ham, Melaina Sheldon, Christine Wesley Genier
Directed by David Storch
Set & properties designer | Andy Moro
Sound designer| Samuel Sholdice
Lighting designer | David DeGrow
Costume designer | Isidra Cruz
Movement coach | Thomas Morgan Jones

Illustration by Travis Murphy

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