This is for the passionate theatre-goer with a curious mind — for the one who wants to go behind the scenes, dig deeper into the art, and find out how our shows are created before they hit the stage.

This pass will give you the opportunity to attend first read-throughs, dress rehearsals, meet with artists working on our plays, and experience new plays at various stages of development.

A full list of events will be released in September.

The cost for this program is $165 for the 2017/18 season. The program can be purchased by phone at 416-531-1827, or when you purchase your 2017/18 Season Subscription.

For more information on this program, please contact Esther Jun, Assistant Artistic Director at

*Please RSVP to alert us of your participation five days prior to the events. For events with the time listed as TBC, we will reply confirming the time. Many events have a capacity of 20 Audit the Season Subscribers, and events are available on a first-come first-served basis.

*Rehearsal Etiquette: when we are invited into rehearsal, we are flies on the wall – we will debrief as a group in the lobby, but in the room we reserve our questions. When attending a rehearsal, plan to come 10 minutes prior to get settled. No latecomers can be admitted. No food, drinks or gum please.

*After each event, a member of the Artistic team will host a short debrief in the lobby. Please feel free to bring a friend to the ‘bring a friend’ events. We will offer a coupon so that your guest can attend one of the previews of a play later in the season.

First Read-throughs – First Read -throughs are a really special event to attend. It is the ‘first day of school’ for a production. The actors, director, designers, carpenters, front of house, full Tarragon staff, Board of Directors and donors are in attendance. The play is read aloud for the first time, and the director and designers flesh out their interpretation of the play. Audit the Season Subscribers have the rare opportunity to hear the play before it ever stands up and to imagine all of its possibilities as they view the miniature model of the stage.

Dress Rehearsal – Dress Rehearsals are not open to the public. This is often the second run-through ever of the play with all of its design elements (lighting, set, costume, projection). The performances are still being refined and the air is electric. At Tarragon, because the text itself is still being developed, there are often numerous shifts from the Dress Rehearsal to Opening Night.  

SAMPLE Audit the Season Events from the 2016/17 Season

Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Meet and Greet

Sunday, September 17, 7pm

Dress Rehearsal The Watershed

September  19, 10:00 am to 12 noon

First read-through of The Circle

September 30,  2 pm (Culture Days)

The Watershed Backstage Tour –conversation with HEAD OF PROPS Care Robertson

October 6, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Conversation with DIRECTOR Peter Pasyk (The Circle)

Tuesday, October  11, 10 am (TBC)

First Read-through of The Realistic Joneses

Thursday, October 13, 10 am (TBC)

Table Work observation of The Realistic Joneses

Sunday, October 16, 7 pm (TBC)

Dress Rehearsal of The Circle

Tuesday, November  8, 7 pm (TBC)

Dress Rehearsal of The Realistic Joneses

Monday, December  5, 10 am

First read-through of Sequence

Wednesday, December 7, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Conversation with PLAYWRIGHT Arun Lakra

Tuesday, December  13, 10:00 am (TBC)

Rehearsal Observation of Sequence

Monday, December  19, 10 am to 12 noon

First Read-Through of Infinity

Saturday, December 31, 6 pm (TBC)

Dress Rehearsal of Sequence

Tuesday, January 3, 7 pm (TBC)

Dress Rehearsal of Infinity

Monday, January  9, 10 am to 12 noon

First Read-through of Peace River Country

Thursday, January 12, 6:30 -7:30

Conversation with STAGE MANAGER of Peace River Country

Monday, January 30, 10 am to 12 noon

First read-through of The Millennial Malcontent

Sunday, February 5, 7pm (TBC)

Dress Rehearsal of Peace River Country

Sunday, February 26, 7 pm (TBC)

Dress rehearsal of The Millennial Malcontent

Monday, February 27, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Conversation with SET DESIGNER Joanna Yu for The Millennial Malcontent

Monday, March 20, 10 am to 12 noon

First read-through of Midsummer

Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm

Conversation with the DIRECTOR of Midsummer

Sunday, April 16, 7 pm (TBC)

Dress Rehearsal of Midsummer

Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 6:30 pm

End of Season Toast