Dialogues for the Vaccine Hesitant and Those Who Love Them are inspired by Boca del Lupo’s national Plays2Perform@Home project. In collaboration with Dr. Peter Centre, Boca del Lupo has produced four short scripts from Canadian playwrights to explore different root causes of vaccine hesitancy. These scripts are meant as practice dialogues for people who might find themselves in any number of difficult conversations, especially as folks gather for the holidays.
The Case of You
The Case of You deals with how the spread of information and mis-information play as big a part in many of our lives as the disease itself.
Kelsey, a fully vaccinated and mother of two, and her sister Jo, who is vaccine hesitant, talk about the influence Jo has on Kelsey’s children. Jo’s views threaten to sway her niece and nephew against getting the shot. Kelsey and Jo discuss the line between facts and opinions and how the affect strong personal views can have the family.
Tiny Fist Waving
Tiny Fist Waving illustrates how compassion and empathy are powerful tools in keeping communities together even when our views are miles apart.
Twin sisters, Vicki and Veda, are outside of their younger sister’s wedding. Vicki is unvaccinated and has extreme phobia of the vaccine. Veda is trying to convince her to get the vaccine. Though she is missing out on major life events, Vicki is learning to navigate the world and thoughtfully reflecting on her choice and how to move forward.
But Why? navigates the issues that parents and guardians are facing with children aged 5 to 11 when it comes to getting the shot.
Kim is a Dad wondering how to talk with his elementary school aged daughter, Suzu, about getting her vaccination. With the help of their cat, Sparkles, Kim and Suzu talk through some of her fears and what she’s over heard about the vaccine.
Vaxx Pass illuminates the understandable apprehension that many racialized communities have when faced with government mandated medical procedures.
As four members of a hip-hop group prepare to defend their World Champion title at an upcoming dance competition, they find out that one member, Chi, is not vaccinated. The group hash out their mistrust of the medical system, how quickly the vaccination was rolled out, and how restricting vaccine passports feel.
One year on and most of this has been debunked. It was bad propaganda.