World premiere

directed by Richard Rose
Nov 11, 2015 – Dec 20, 2015 in the Mainspace
Opened Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A young Canadian man travels to Ukraine to observe the elections following the Orange Revolution, only to become an unexpected player in its fractured politics, its tumultuous history and the fate of a beautiful woman. As he falls deeper in love with the mysterious young woman, the more tenuous his grasp of her country and its complicated past becomes. A stirring story about reconciling one’s ideals with a complex political reality from Tarragon Playwright-in-Residence Andrew Kushnir.

“Powerful; fascinating & compelling. Kushnir is a writer with a fine turn of phrase and Wentworth, in particular, dispenses his prose with magisterial eloquence.” – Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star

“A top-notch cast giving top-notch performances; beautifully realized. A notable debut for Kushnir.” – Robert Cushman, National Post

NNNN – “”Smart, eloquent script; Richard Rose and his cast give the text a splendid production.” – NOW Magazine 

“A wonderful and delicate piece of crafted theatre that is provoking and powerful — one you won’t want to miss.” – Mooney on Theatre

5***** – “A staggeringly beautiful play with such deep symbolism that I wouldn’t hesitate to call it a modern-day parable.” -Theatromania.ca


Click here for a Q&A with playwright Andrew Kushnir on writing & developing Wormwood at Tarragon.

Click here to hear from Richard Rose on programming Wormwood in the 2015/16 season.

Click here for a series of educational resources for the production.

The running time of Wormwood is 2.5 hours, including intermission.

Cast and Crew

sponsored by

  • Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney
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