Laborde's Father-Daughter Play, Hush, Opens at Toronto's Tarragon

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Tarragon Theatre in Toronto opens the world premiere of Rosa Laborde's Hush, the story of a father and his adolescent daughter, Feb. 17 after previews from Feb. 9.

Laborde is Tarragon playwright-in-residence, known for her hit play Léo, which premiered in Tarragon's Extra Space and was nominated for Outstanding New Play at the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and a Governor General's Literary Award in 2008. Her other plays include The Source, Sugar (voted Outstanding new play by NOW) and the musical, The Ugly Duckling. She is also an actress.

Performances play to March 21 at the Tarragon Mainspace. Tarragon artistic director Richard Rose directs Hush.


In Hush, according to Tarragon notes, "Harlem's (Graeme Somerville) night out with his new girlfriend Talia (Tara Rosling) is interrupted by a surprise phone call. His daughter Lily (Vivien Endicott-Douglas) has woken up screaming at her classmate's slumber party, and the whole house is in turmoil. Twelve-year old Lily can't remember what she dreamed about, but she senses something has changed. As Lily moves toward adolescence, her relationship with Harlem becomes more and more strained — a stark comparison to the easy familiarity between herself and Harlem's business partner and fellow dentist, Andre (Conrad Coates). To make matters worse, Lily's nightmares become more intense. With his daughter slipping away — to adulthood, to Andre, to her dreams — Harlem begins to lose his grip on reality. And to make matters worse, his girlfriend Talia has news."

The designers are Trevor Schwellnus (set and lighting), Patrick Du Wors (costumes) and Thomas Ryder Payne (sound). Marie Fewer is the stage manager. For information, visit

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