Artistic Director Richard Rose and General Manager Gideon Arthurs have announced Tarragon Theatre's 2013-14 season. Ten contemporary plays - which include world and English-language premieres, as well as remounts of acclaimed Canadian productions and imaginative new plays from the international stage - make up one of Tarragon's most ambitious seasons to date.
Love, Loss, Wine and The Gods: Tarragon's 43rd season explores stories about love's twists and turns, about overcoming loss, about the miracle that is wine, and of the forgotten gods. Tarragon is the home of the Canadian playwright, and this season features extraordinary homegrown talents, who between them hold six Governor General's Awards, two Siminovitch prizes and three Urjo Kareda ResidenCy Grants, alongside the latest work from some of Europe's rising stars and powerful musicals by icons from here and abroad.
The lineup includes world premieres from Tarragon playwrights-in-residence Sean Dixon (A God in Need of Help) and Erin Shields (Soliciting Temptation); new works by Tarragon favourites Daniel MacIvor (The Best Brothers) and Joan MacLeod (The Valley); and remounts of exceptional productions helmed by former Kareda Residents Adam Paolozza (co-writer and director of The Double) and Ashlie Corcoran who directs a work by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg (The Ugly One). Christian Barry, another past Kareda Resident, directs Juno-winning musician Hawksley Workman in a wine-soaked rock-&-roll cabaret (The God That Comes). Tarragon also proudly continues its tradition of presenting the best that Quebec has to offer, with an English-language premiere of an Evelyne de la Chenelière play, translated by Linda Gaboriau (Flesh and Other Fragments of Love). The season is rounded out by an acclaimed Stephen Sondheim song-cycle (Marry Me a Little) and an innovative work from one of Britain's hottest playwrights, Duncan Macmillan (Lungs).
Tarragon's sweeping new season journeys from the healing circles of British Columbia to the Bacchanalian rites of mythic Greece, from the romantic west coast of Ireland to a lonely tenement in Brooklyn, from the jolt of a mother's funeral to the dangers of sex tourism, from high society 19th century Russia to 21st century European corporate culture, and from a papal inquisition in 1606 Venice to a fast-forward lifetime of love in today's world.