6 Essential Questions tells the story of Renata as she travels to Brazil to reunite with the mother who abandoned her when she was just five years old. In Rio, Renata discovers more than she bargained for in her quest to uncover the truth of who abandoned whom. She is continually tossed about by her undead grandmother and a semi-invisible uncle as they choreograph the ultimate dance of mother and daughter, both of whom must confront their dreams before they can ever attempt to confront each other. Imaginations run wild in this strangely beautiful and funny story loosely based on Uppal’s critically acclaimed memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother, a finalist for both the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
Plays by Priscila Uppal
Dubbed by Time Out London as ‘Canada’s coolest poet,’ Priscila Uppal is also a playwright, essayist and fiction writer. Among her publications are ten collections of poetry, including Sabotage, Traumatology and Ontological Necessities (Griffin Prize finalist); the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; and the memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Hilary Weston Prize and Governor General’s Award finalist). Her works have been published internationally and translated into many languages. 6 Essential Questions was Priscila Uppal’s first play and received its World Premiere at the Factory Theatre in 2014. She lives in Toronto and teaches at York University.