Tarragon Theatre announces its 11-play, 2012-2013 season of contemporary plays, including a mini-festival of new works by Hannah Moscovitch; a Tarragon writing debut from David Yee; returning artists David S. Young and Asha and Ravi Jain; and work from Melody A. Johnson, John Mighton, Michel Nadeau and Morris Panych.
The season highlights interconnectivity -- on a personal and global scale. These are plays that travel the world - from a decrepit downtown apartment in Toronto that conjures memories of Cape Breton and Scotland, to a cataclysmic event that begins in Indonesia but reverberates around the planet. En route, they touch down in such differing locales as rural Ontario, India, Afghanistan and 19th century Vienna. The stories they tell may relay individual and separate experiences, but in the telling, they simultaneously reflect our commonality and connection. The season includes:
IN THE MAINSPACE
NO GREAT MISCHIEF
by David S. Young, adapted from the novel by Alistair MacLeod, directed by Richard Rose
September 11-October 21, 2012 (opening September 18)
Haunted by the stories and songs of their Scottish ancestry, two brothers seek to reconcile their past in this saga of familial loss and love. NO GREAT MISCHIEF premiered at Tarragon Theatre in 2004 and was subsequently presented in Ottawa, Vancouver and Halifax.
THE LITTLE YEARS
by John Mighton, directed by Chris Abraham
November 7-December 16, 2012 (opening November 14)
John Mighton, a Siminovitch Prize winner for Playwriting, returns to Tarragon after the acclaimed 2005 production of Half Life. Growing up in the 1950s, Kate is fascinated by time and space, interests dismissed as unbecoming to a young woman of her time. While her brother achieves literary renown, Kate slowly abandons her dreams and heartbreakingly grows from precocious teen to troubled woman. Only her diaries shed light on her youthful self to her equally precocious young niece.
THE AMOROUS ADVENTURES OF ANATOL
by Arthur Schnitzler, adapted and directed by Morris Panych
JAN 1-FEB 10, 2013 (opening January 9)
In this Toronto premiere the young, incurably romantic-and indecisively neurotic-Anatol pursues each woman as if she is "the one," without commitment or care. With Anatol's eye ever-wandering, the bemused Max tries to counsel his incorrigible friend.
AND SLOWLY BEAUTYŠ
By Michel Nadeau in collaboration with Marie-Josée Bastien, Lorraine Côté, Hugues Frenette, Pierre-François Legendre, Véronika Makdissi-Warren and Jack Robitaille
Translated by Maureen Labonté, directed by Michael Shamata
February 20-March 31, 2013 (opening February 27) Toronto Premiere
A Belfry Theatre/National Arts Centre English Theatre co-production
When Mr. Mann wins tickets to Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters in an office draw, he knows he must go - even though he rarely goes to the theatre. In those few precious hours, something unexpected stirs inside of him and his quiet yearning for happiness blossoms.
CARRIED AWAY ON THE CREST OF A WAVE
by David Yee, directed by Nina Lee Aquino
APR 16-MAY 26, 2013 (OPENS APR 24)
"Because we are all connected. And we are, none of us, alone."