Five World Premieres Set for Tarragon Theatre's 2014-15 Season: 'LIES, SEX, AND WHAT COMES NEXT'
Artistic Director Richard Rose and General Manager Gideon Arthurs proudly rolled out Tarragon Theatre's 8-play 2014-15 season today, filled with adventurous theatrical experiences both on and off the stage, and set Tarragon up for a fresh, affordable and seductive reinvention of the theatre-going experience. Tarragon's 44th season, dubbed "Lies, Sex & What Comes Next", features works from some of Canada's greatest talents alongside brilliant artistry from Germany for a roster that showcases five world premieres of Canadian plays, two English-language premieres of cutting-edge German works and a brand new, home-grown Shakespeare adaptation.
In outlining the season, Rose said, "At the Tarragon, we are always on the look out for big ideas and different perspectives on human experiences. In 2014-15, we look at the politics of the environment, art forgery and fascism, sex and music, the medical world, condo development fever, the disappearance of a young woman, time in an infinite universe and the cultural beauty of Brampton. From rock-and-roll garage bands to the ticking clock of a hospital waiting room and the decadent parties of condo Toronto, from the fractured narrative of young immigrants to the broiling mind of a scientific genius and Bollywood and Bharatanatyam in a Shakespearean Brampton, Tarragon's upcoming season, more than any previously, is a season for the 21st century - for a theatre that is about now, about ideas and about the many."
Rose also outlined the fruition of the theatre's Tarragon Village program and other initiatives that impact and improve the theatre's amenities and infrastructure. "Not only will patrons savour the energy and excitement of the productions themselves, they will encounter a new - and even more comfortable - theatre-going experience," said Rose, "including new seating, new discounts, new technology, new concessions, new audience initiatives and, slated for the new year, a shiny new lobby."
In what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the entire theatre season in Toronto, Tarragon welcomes Thomas Ostermeier's revolutionary production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People from Germany's foremost theatre, the Schaubühne, to launch the 2014-15 season - but with a twist. In other cities around the world where this global sensation has toured and been hailed as "an Ibsen for the Snowden age," surtitles have been used. Notably and uniquely, Tarragon has secured the right to premiere the first-ever English-language version, for the first-ever local rendition. This contemporary mirror for our times will see a Toronto staging by Richard Rose, based on Ostermeier's original production and vision, with translation by Maria Milisavljevic. (A first for Tarragon to do a 'rendition' of another production; and a first for Richard Rose as well.)
In another international offering, Tarragon's very first International Playwright-in-Residence, Maria Milisavljevic, makes her Canadian debut with her Kleist Award winner Abyss, a poetic thriller about a missing woman that premiered at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Richard Rose directs this English-language premiere.
2014-2015 also sees the return of three of Tarragon's most beloved and prolific playwrights with brand new plays: Morris Panych with Sextet, a comic drama about six stranded and sexually entangled musicians (which he also directs); Daniel MacIvor with Cake & Dirt, a subversive work that digs deep into our psyches, directed by Amiel Gladstone; and Hannah Moscovitch with Infinity - a gripping play about love in a world animated by music and theoretical physics in a co-production with Volcano Theatre, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next season, directed by its artistic director, Ross Manson (the only co-pro in the season). Playwright-in-Residence Kate Cayley and long-time Tarragon artist Diane Flacks give us plays filled with hope and beauty in Bakelite Masterpiece, a piece about art and forgery, truth and lies, inspired by real events in Holland in the aftermath of World War Two, directed by Richard Rose; and Waiting Room, a drama about diagnosis, prognosis and uncertainty directed by Richard Greenblatt.