Tarragon Live

January 2022 – June 2022

The Runner

The Runner

January 2022

A Human Cargo Production

By Christopher Morris

Mainspace

Z.A.K.A is an Orthodox Jewish volunteer force in Israel. They collect the remains of Jews killed in accidents. When Jacob, a Z.A.K.A volunteer, makes the split-second decision to treat a young woman, instead of the soldier she may have killed, his world is changed forever.

A powerful thriller from Toronto’s Human Cargo and winner of the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding New Play.

Three Women of Swatow

Three Women of
Swatow

January-February 2022

World Premiere

By Chloé Hung

Extraspace

Generously supported by the Stavro Family Foundation and the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation.

“Swatow women are supposed to be fierce.” That’s what Grandmother tells her daughter. Grandmother’s a butcher and to her disappointment, her daughter’s a vegetarian. But to her satisfaction, her granddaughter killed her first chicken at the age of three. In this ferocious comedy, the three generations of women grapple with their dark history, emotional inheritance and the legacy of mothers’ life lessons and daughters’ love lives.

And there is blood. Lots of blood.

Light

Light

February-March 2022

World Premiere

By Rosa Labordé

Mainspace

Seekers come from far and wide to discover ‘the truth’ of their existence at an ashram devoted to meditation, contemplation and relinquishing thought. But a new student threatens to undermine the whole endeavor while simultaneously, and unexpectedly, becoming undone. A play about who we think we are versus the thoughts that make us what we think.

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers

March-April 2022

By Makambe K. Simamba

Extraspace

A Tarragon Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop co-production.
Based on the world premiere production produced by b current.

Slimm, a seventeen-year-old Black boy in a hoodie suddenly finds himself in the first moments of his afterlife. He calls out for God. God does not respond. What happens next is a sacred journey through the unknown, as Slimm grapples with the truth of the life he lived and the death he didn’t choose.

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers is a protest for all Black life beyond headlines and hashtags, a prayer for all families left behind, and a promise to the community that all Black lives matter.

Photo image: Shakeil Rollock by Marko Kovacevic

 

The Runner

Orphan Song

March-April 2022

World Premiere

By Sean Morley Dixon

Mainspace

“In a lightning strike of inspiration, I claimed another child.”

40,027 BCE (a time when the average human could only count to five), a grief stricken Homo sapiens couple adopts a Neanderthal child.  But language separates parents and child only to then separate mother and father – how do we love when we can’t communicate?  

With that, a journey of danger and sacrifice ensues to connect to the Neanderthals and to protect the child at all costs.

A heroic tale of clashing cultures and how the bonds of family are truly formed.

The Herd

The Herd

May-June 2022

World Premiere

By Kenneth T. Williams

Mainspace

A Tarragon Theatre presentation, in association with Citadel Theatre and NAC Indigenous Theatre of a Tarragon Theatre/Persephone Theatre Commission.

When twin white bison are born into a First Nation herd, an ambitious blog reporter posts it and the story goes viral. Is this a miracle in the spiritual life of a Saskatchewan First Nation or a one in a billion scientific event? Is this a prophecy coming true or laboratory gene doctoring?

Culture, science and politics collide when a media circus and a ‘new age mob’ descend on the herd to witness a sacred prophecy and the scientific goal to achieve 100% pure-bred Bison. Torn between honouring Indigenous traditions, scientific truth and economic necessity, one Indigenous scientist battles to keep her ethics intact and her herd alive.

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CCFA
Toronto Arts Council

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