Rune Arlidge, New Play by Drawer Boy Author, Gets World Premiere in Toronto Feb. 24-April 4

News   Rune Arlidge, New Play by Drawer Boy Author, Gets World Premiere in Toronto Feb. 24-April 4
The story of a family of women over three decades is told in the world premiere, Rune Arlidge, a comic drama by Michael Healey at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre, Feb. 24-April 4.

The play by the author of the hit, The Drawer Boy, covers three decades. In each act, set at a cottage by a lake, "a new snapshot of Frances and her daughters is revealed," according to production notes. "The cottage, found during a wayward canoe trip in the 1960s, tucked away in a bay with the worst view of the lake and infested with blood sucking leeches, comes to represent the decades-old decay of family relationships that are short on meaningful communication and burdened with festering differences."

The cast includes Jane Spidell as Rune Arlidge; Julie Stewart as Michelle, her sister; Fiona Reid as the mother, Frances; Rick Roberts as Matthew; Severn Thompson as Lillian; Ari Cohen as Harvar; and John Dolan and Tom and Tom Jr.

Leah Cherniak directs in the Tarragon Mainspace. This marks the third Healey play in five years at Tarragon, after The Road to Hell (with co-author Kate Lynch) and Plan B (a Dora Award winner for Best New Play).

Healey, who is also an actor, won the Dora Award for Best New Play for his 1996 one-man play, Kicked. His play, The Drawer Boy, is fast becoming a North American sensation in regional theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada. It was first produced at Theatre Passe Muraille in 1999, winning the Dora, Chalmers and Governor General's Award. It gained acclaimed in a Toronto commercial run and tour and is appearing in theatres across the continent (Steppenwolf in Chicago staged it in 2001). Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey will stage it in 2005 with TV star John Mahoney in a production that may well have Broadway aspirations.

Rune Arlidge's designers are Charlotte Dean (set and costumes), Andrea Lundy (lighting), Kirk Elliott (sound). Opening is March 2. For more information, call (416) 531 1827 or visit

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