Waiting Room is a brand new play on stage in our Mainspace by the multi-faceted playwright and actor Diane Flacks, about life in a major children’s hospital. Cast members Jane Spidell and Warona Setshwaelo share their experiences so far working on this beautiful, heartfelt production.


Q. What is your favourite scene in the show? 

JS: Wow – okay – if I narrow it down to the ones I’m in, I’d have to say I can’t: it would be like choosing your favourite child, I truly do love them all. I’m in the unique position of having the fewest scenes, but I have at least one with everyone. But if that’s a cop out and you really want an answer? The first one.

WS: As an audience, Michelle Moneieth’s final monologue. The writing is so universal and yet entirely personal, and her performance is so real. As an actor, the last part of Scene 6, where my character, Aayan argues with Ari Cohen’s character, Andre. The argument is interesting – and I get to spar with Ari!


Q. Have you ever worked with any of this cast before? Any memories to share?

JS: Jordan: check.  Ari: check.  Michelle, Jenny & Warona: first time.  I’ve always had a crush on both fellas. Jordan played a toad in our first play together, and he was ridiculously (in the jazz way) good, and Ari was not only my Stanley in Streetcar, but – even better, was my fiancé ‘Harvar’ in Rune Arlidge right here at the Tarragon. But he and I became friends working in Blyth in the summer of ’98… Blyth does things to people. As for the ladies… I can’t wait for the memories to accrue! We are all working on nicknames…so I think we like each other… which is good.

WS: This is my Toronto debut and no, I have not worked with any of the cast members previously. Though in these short 3 weeks, memories have already been made.


Q. What attracted you to this play/these roles?

JS: I am attracted to truth. To real life. To hard fact. To human connection.

WS: The subject matter, and the way in which it asks more questions that answers. The relevance of the conversation about how a person dies, and if they have choices.


Q. What do you hope audiences will take away from the show?

JS: Strength.

WS: I always find this question tricky. I just hope they come! And I guess I find this question hard because it is part of my job, as an actor, not to think about that, but rather to try to just tell the story as honestly as possible.


Q. What has been your favourite part of working at Tarragon?

JS: As always, whenever I’ve worked here, feeling safe to go beyond feeling safe.

WS: Ooh, lots – the people are fantastic, this play is so well written. And I mean, SO WELL WRITTEN! I guess I would say the talent. There’s nothing nicer, as an artist, than to work with good, talented people.