Jan 31 2021 - Feb 14 2021


8:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Democracy – Acoustic

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A Tarragon Acoustic Production in association with PlayME Podcast’s Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley

by  John Murrell


directed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

Opening Jan 31, 2021


Jan 31, 2021 – Feb 14, 2021


In the midst of the American Civil War, Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson discuss the past, the future, life, love and what it means to be human.

“Even the simplest lines have a quiet eloquence…soft explosions of the heart.” — Quill & Quire

Democracy received the Canadian Authors Association’s and the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Best Play Awards in 1992. John Murrell was the playwright-in-residence with Alberta Theatre Projects from 1975 to 1976, associate director of the Stratford Festival from 1977 to 1978, and head of the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts Playwrights Colony in 1986.

Democracy was first produced at Tarragon in February 1992.

Cast and Crew

John Murrell

Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

Chris Tolley


Tim Dowler-Coltman as Jimmy

Oliver Dennis as Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peter Fernandes  as Pete

Tom Rooney as Walt Whitman


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