After a horrible year Linda challenges herself to do something even worse: the Chilkoot Trail. In bear and avalanche season. In borrowed boots. A century after the Klondike Gold Rush, we still hope for a better life at the end of the Trail. An almost true story.
Time: 60 minutes.
Characters: 1 female
Setting: 1996 Yukon
1996 was a monumentally bad year for Linda, so in 1997 she headed to the Yukon for a few months to satisfy her curiosity about the north and the Klondike Gold Rush. One key objective was to hike the historic Chilkoot Trail, a 55km 5-day hike through various ecosystems and terrains. This play is about the perils and pearls Linda found on that journey, some of which still play out in her life today.
TRAIL AND ERROR premiered at the 2016 Edmonton Fringe Festival starring Ellen Chorley as Linda and directed by David Cheoros.
TRAIL AND ERROR received Sterling Award Nominations: Best New Fringe Work (for Playwright) and Best Fringe Performance (for Ellen Chorley).
Trail and Error 2017
Linda Wood Edwards
9451 Ottewell Road
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6B 2E3
Playwright Bio: Linda has been producing her plays since 2005. She is delighted that Northern Light Theatre did the first professional run of The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 in November 2021 (co-written w/David Cheoros for Edmonton Fringe 2018). Other plays include Three Nights to Forever (2020), Trail and Error (2016), Spring Alibi (Adelaide AU 2015; 2005, 2014; Washington DC 2006; Yukon 2007; Sask. 2012); Never Let the Crew See You Cry (2013+tour), Four in the Crib (2012, 2013, High River 2018), True Grid (2007, 2010), Support Ho’s (2009), Beans & Rice (2006, Sask. 2017), Gibberish v. Genius (Canmore, YEG 2018), and Almost the Pioneer Brewing Company (Canmore, YEG, Fort McMurray 2018). Linda’s plays have garnered sweet accolades including two Sterling nominations.