Toronto's Tarragon Theatre announced Richard Rose as the new artistic director of the company devoted to Canadian playwrights, Toronto premieres and classics.
Rose will take on the duties formerly held by the late Urjo Kareda, who died in December 2001.
The Tarragon was founded in 1970 by Bill and Jane Glassco. In 1982, Urjo Kareda succeeded them as artistic director and remained in that position until his death. General manager Mallory Gilbert, whom still serves on the board, has been with Tarragon since 1972.
The Tarragon bought and refurbished its current home, located in mid-town Toronto, in 1987. It houses two venues — the 205-seat Mainspace and the 100-seat The Extra Space.
The newly-appointed Rose previously held the same position at the Necessary Angel Theatre for 24 years. A long-time director, his productions include Tamara, Mein and Coming Through Slaughter at Necessary Angel, Prague, 3 in the Back, 2 in the Head and It's All True at the Tarragon, as well as Tempest-Tost, Titus Andronicus and Taming of the Shrew at the Stratford Festival. Rose has also directed opera and taught at several universities. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters from Thornloe University in Sudbury.
The upcoming 2002-03 season includes Girl in the Goldfish Bowl by Morris Panych, Side Man by Warren Leight, Impromptu On Nun's Island by Michel Tremblay, Little Mercy's First Murder music by Paul Sportelli and Jay Turvey with book and lyrics by Morwyn Brebner, Kingfisher Days by Susan Coyne, The Domino Heart by Matthew Edison and Russell Hill by Chris Earle.
For information on the Tarragon Theatre, visit their website at www.tarragontheatre.com.
— by Ernio Hernandez