Welcome to Tarragon Acoustic!


Tarragon Theatre presents 18 plays for the ear – from our celebrated past to the anticipated future – from David French’s Leaving Home to Audrey Dwyer’s Come Home -The Legend of Daddy Hall!

Join us on the second Thursday and last Sunday of each month from Sept – May for our re-imagined 2020/21 season. A season that celebrates the ground-breaking and genre-defining work from Tarragon Theatre’s rich history as well as a glimpse at our future. Tarragon Acoustic features plays from Hannah Moscovitch, Wajdi Mouawad, John Mighton, Joan MacLeod, Judith Thompson, Morris Panych and many more, all presented via Tarragon’s website.

Tarragon Acoustic FAQ's

What is Tarragon Acoustic?

A re-imagined 2020/21 season!

Tarragon Acoustic is a subscription series of 18 plays for the ear from the Tarragon canon (and the canon to come!) presented online at Tarragon’s website and streamed to you in the comfort of your home!

Tarragon Acoustic will present fully realized audio dramas of the 18 plays from our past to our future, produced with the expertise of Chris Tolley and Laura Mullin of CBC’s PlayME Podcast.

When are the performances?

Tarragon Acoustic performances will be made available on the second Thursday and last Sunday of each month from Sept 2020 until May 2021. You will have the entire week, anytime of day or night to access these acoustic dramas – from Thursday to Thursday, from Sunday to Sunday!

2020 Opening dates below:

September 10, 2020 8:00 PM
September 27, 2020 2:30 PM
October 8, 2020 8:00 PM
October 11, 2020 2:30 PM
October 25, 2020 2:30 PM
November 12, 2020 8:00 PM
November 29, 2020 2:30 PM
December 10, 2020 8:00 PM
December 27, 2020 2:30 PM


Why does it list June 30, 2021 on my confirmation?

Our online ticketing system is set up to sell you this subscription like a regular ticket. (the date of June 30 2021 is just a place holder, you can ignore it)

How do I listen to the plays?

With your Tarragon Acoustic subscription you will receive an email from Patron Services on the release day of the performance.  In the email you will find instructions on how to access our Acoustic Portal.

Then, simply listen via our media player and enjoy!

If you purchase after the initial release date you will receive an access email within 24 hours of your purchase.

How long can I access the shows?

Tarragon Acoustic performances will be available for one week from the date of opening.

From Thursday at 8pm till the following Thursday at midnight or Sunday at 2:30 pm till the following Sunday at midnight respectively.

What’s included in a Tarragon Acoustic Subscription?

Tarragon Acoustic subscriptions offer access to all 18 of our Tarragon Acoustic plays, including both the English and Spanish versions of Rosa Labordé’s Léo!

Tarragon Acoustic packages will also include Rick Roberts’ Orestes. Originally slated to be our first Mainspace performance of the 2020/21, Orestes is being completely rebuilt from the ground up as an interactive digital experience. Through live video, social media, and direct interaction with the story, Orestes: a Livecast is set to premiere in 2021.

All subscriptions will have access to Tarragon Acoustic Plus A series of additional content with a number of surprises, including interviews with creators, patron hang-outs, and live Q&A sessions!

To whet your appetite our first Tarragon Acoustic Plus is an interview with Artistic Director Richard Rose and The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada! Ms. Clarkson was a classmate and friend of our founders, Artistic Director Bill Glassco and General Manager Jane Glassco, and will share stories of Tarragon’s early years.

All of this is included in your Tarragon Acoustic subscription!


Frank Moore, Sean Sullivan, Lisa Creighton and Les Carlson in Leaving Home by David French, directed by Bill Glassco, Tarragon Theatre Production 1972.
Photo credit: Hugh Travers

Leaving Home
By David French
Available from Tarragon Acoustic:
Sept 10 2020 – Sept 24 2020

Originally Premiered at Tarragon on May 16, 1972

In 1972 Leaving Home burst onto the Canadian theatre scene, originally directed by founding Tarragon Theatre Artistic Director Bill Glassco, it remains an incredibly powerful drama. In Leaving Home we are introduced to the Mercer family, immigrants from Newfoundland to Toronto, struggling to find their way in the late 1950s. Ben has just graduated from high school, and his brother Billy’s wedding is imminent. But conflicts with their volatile father, Jacob, threaten to destroy the family and the life they’ve carved out for themselves.



Kawa Ada and Richard Lee in carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee, Directed by Nina Lee Aquino – Tarragon Theatre production Feb 2013.
Photo credit: Cylla von Tiedemann

carried away on the crest of a wave
By David Yee
Available from Tarragon Acoustic:
Sept 27, 2020 – Oct 4, 2020

Originally premiered at Tarragon on Feb 27, 2013

From the shore of Ko Phi Phi in Thailand to a suburb in Utah to a mysterious Kafkaesque hole in the ground, carried away on the crest of a wave gives us brief glimpses into the lives of a sphinx-like escort, a grieving father, a conflicted priest, brothers of legend, a felonious housewife, an accountant of time, an orphaned boy, a radio shock jock and a man who finds things. Each are connected, primarily, by the cataclysmic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed the lives of over a quarter million people. In a series of vignettes, carried away on the crest of a wave illustrates the ripple effect of one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history and ponders what happens when the events that bind us together are the same events that tear us apart.