Upintheair Theatre Presents...

The North Plan

Jessie Richardson Awards 2015

Winner: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Small Theatre
Winner: Outstanding Direction – Small Theatre
Winner: Outstanding Production of a Play– Small Theatre
Nomination: Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre
Nomination: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre

After a ruthless military faction has seized power in Washington, D.C., the future of the US is in the hands of State Department bureaucrat Carlton Berg. On the run from the Capitol carrying the new administration’s top-secret enemies list, Berg is incarcerated in a police station in Lodus, Missouri—a small and backward Ozark town. As Department of Homeland Security agents close in, he must convince an unwilling set of confidants—an unsympathetic police chief, a law-abiding administration assistant, and a motor-mouthed fellow prisoner—of his plans to expose the new regime. 

Inspired by real-life US government initiatives—the Readiness Exercise 1984, and Main Core—the premise of play is unnervingly plausible and highly apt in light of Bill C-51, Edward Snowden’s revelations, and Chicago’s Homan Square detainment scandal.


  • Genevieve Fleming
  • Catherine Lough Haggquist
  • Paul Herbert
  • Daniel Martin
  • Allen Morrison
  • David Mott

Designed by

  • James Coomber
  • Laura Fukumoto
  • Jergus Oprsal
Warnings:   Contains swearing and offensive language, violence, firearms, and the sound of gun shots.

Warnings: Contains swearing and offensive language, violence, firearms, and the sound of gun shots.


By Jason Wells
CANADIAN PREMIERE Directed by Chelsea Haberlin

November 2015

In an underground Location near 211 East Georgia (@ Main)

The World Premiere of THE NORTH PLAN was produced by The Portland Centre Stage, Portland, Oregon (Chris Coleman, Artistic Director). THE NORTH PLAN was developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, through its New Plays Initiative and was presented as part of its First Look Repertory of New Work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, Illinois; (Martha Lavey, Artistic Director; David Hawkanson, Executive Director). The Play was subsequently workshopped at JAW: A Playwrights Festival, produced by Portland Centre Stage.

"The North Plan" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Jason Wells received the Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award in 2010 for an emerging playwright from the American Theatre Critics Association. 

VENUE - An Underground Venue:  211 East Georgia, Vancouver, BC