Toronto's Tarragon Theatre, committed to new voices, has four world-premiere productions in its seven-show 2001-2002 season.
David Hare's Broadway and London drama, Skylight, a Toronto premiere, kicks off the season Sept. 18-Oct. 28 in the Tarragon Mainspace. Yanna McIntosh and Joseph Ziegler star in the resident staging under the dirction of Dennis Garnhum.
The season also includes:
• The English language premiere of Carol Fréchette's Elisa's Skin, with translation by John Murrell, plays the Extra Space, Oct. 9-Nov. 18. Directed by Jackie Maxwell, it features Tanja Jacobs in the tale of a woman sitting at a Brussels cafe telling love stories — and collecting them, to meet a challenge. Maxwell and Jacobs previously collaborated on the 1997 Fréchette play, The Four Lives of Marie.
• The world premiere of David French's Soldier's Heart plays the Mainspace Nov. 7-Dec. 16 under the direction of Glassco, featuring Oliver Becker and Randy Hughson. French continues his theatrical chronicle of the Mercer family. In the new play, "Esau Mercer carries home to Newfoundland a terrible secret from the Great War. Six years later, his son Jacob needs to know it." • The world premiere of Michael Healey's Plan B, a co-production with the Shaw Festival, plays the Mainspace Jan. 2-Feb. 10, 2002, under the direction of Richard Greenblatt. The author of The Drawer Boy explores the "seduction and betrayal, union and division, intimacy and distance" surrounding the "high-level meetings to negotiate the departure of Québec from Canada."
• Daniel Brooks' The Good Life gets its world premiere in the Mainspace, Feb. 26-April 7, 2002. The play is set at a dinner party for six people, two couples and two single men, where relationships are strengthened or destroyed. It's billed as "a provocative play about love, or more precisely, how we all talk about love."
• Joan McLeod's critically acclaimed The Shape of a Girl, about an adolescent who questions her own life after becoming obsessed with a news event involving a killing among children, makes its Toronto premiere. Patrick McDonald directs the Green Thumb Theatre production in the Extra Space, March 21-April 28, 2002. The play was previously seen at Alberta Theatre Projects' playRites Festival.
• The world premiere of Jonathan Wilson's Well, a dark comedy about a man who returns to the well he was trapped in as a child — becoming a media icon — plays the Mainspace April 23-June 2, 2002.
Tarragon's artistic director is Urjo Kareda. Tarragon is at 30 Bridgman Avenue in Toronto. For information, call (416) 531 1827 or visit www.tarragontheatre.com.
— By Kenneth Jones