The dramatists of the season include Allen Cole, Melody Johnson, Rick Roberts, Des Walsh, Daniel MacIvor, Michael Healey, Erin Shield, Rosa Laborde, Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic. Tarragon presents on its Mainspace and Extra Space.
Here's Tarragon's 2009-10 season:
Mimi: The Poisoner's Comedy, lyrics and music by Allen Cole, book and lyrics by Melody Johnson and Rick Roberts, directed by Alisa Palmer, Mainspace, Sept. 15-Oct. 25. World Premiere. "The tempestuous Marquise of Brinvilliers has a young lover, a repressive father, an accommodating husband, and a thrilling new hobby: poison. A darkly funny musical about France's most infamous serial killer, who found the prospect of murder just as delicious as an evening of debauchery."
The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic, directed by Charlie Tomlinson, a Bent Out of Shape Production (Edmonton), Extra Space, Oct.-Nov. 15, 2009. Toronto Premiere. "Three blushing Victorian brides emerge from their daily baths, to tell the tale of a whirlwind romance with the same man. Charming, seductive, he rescues all three from the life of a spinster — but at what price? Less than three months married they are surprised to find the fine line between desperation and love so blurred." (Drowning Girls premiered at ATP's playRites Festival in 2008 and went on to win four Betty Mitchell Awards (Calgary) including Best New Play and Best Production.)
Rocking the Cradle by Des Walsh, freely adapted from Lorca's Yerma, directed by Richard Rose, Mainspace Nov. 4-Dec. 13. A Resource Centre for the Arts Production (St. Johns, NF) World Premiere. "When Joan marries Vince in a small Newfoundland outport, she has great plans for their future together. Vince has his own dreams, but Joan is determined to win him over, whatever the cost. Inspired by Federico García Lorca's poetic Yerma, Rocking the Cradle is an evocative portrait of a woman driven to extremes by unfulfilled longing." Courageous by Michael Healey, directed by Richard Rose, Mainspace Dec. 30, 2009-Feb. 7, 2010. A World Premiere co-production with Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). "Michael Healey's newest satire takes on hot-button topics like gay marriage, religious freedom, immigration and equality and begs the question: when social realities challenge personal codes, how does one act with the courage of their convictions?"
Hush by Rosa Laborde, directed by Richard Rose, Extra Space, Feb. 9-March 21, 2010. World Premiere. "When a devoted father enters the dream world of his 11-year old daughter, he discovers demons from his past. His quest to save her spirals out of control when he is pulled deeper into her dreams obsessed by the memories he has tried to forget. This modern thriller moves through reality, dreams and memories, exposing our deepest held secrets."
Communion written and directed by Daniel MacIvor, Mainspace Feb. 23-April 4, 2010. World Premiere. "Lida has a secret she is keeping from her daughter Annie. When her psychotherapist does the unthinkable and offers concrete advice, Lida decides to act before it's too late. When work, love and God are dead ends, how do you find meaning in life?"
If We Were Birds by Erin Shields, directed by Alan Dilworth, Mainspace, in association with Groundwater Productions (Toronto), April 14-May 23, 2010. "In this vivid re-imagining of Ovid's myth, Procne marries the triumphant war hero Tereus of Thrace, leaving her beloved sister Philomela behind in Athens. When Tereus returns to fetch her, desire triumphs over reason igniting a chain of horrific events."
Tarragon is at 30 Bridgman Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. For more information visit www.tarragontheatre.com or call (416) 531-1827.