Tarragon is proud to congratulate Kate Cayley, recipient of the 2015 Trillium Book Award for her collection of short stories titled How You Were Born. Cayley is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon, and recently her play The Bakelite Masterpiece was performed in the Extraspace as part of our 2014/15 season. This marks the second consecutive year that a Tarragon playwright has won the Trillium Book Award; in 2014 the prize was awarded to Hannah Moscovicth for her play This Is War. This Is War was developed and produced at Tarragon in 2013.
Kate Cayley’s previous play, After Akhmatova, was produced at Tarragon Theatre in 2011 and earned her a nomination for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has co-created, directed and written eight plays with the company; her work with Stranger Theatre has been performed in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Istanbul, Turkey. Her first collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, was published in 2013 by Brick Books. She has also written a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror (Annick Press) that won the 2012 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. Her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in literary magazines across the country, and she has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon since 2009. Upcoming for Cayley is a collaboration with Halifax company Zuppa Theatre, where she is writing a devised play tentatively titled The Library of Missing People, set to premiere in the 2016/17 season.
Hannah Moscovitch was the first playwright to win the Trillium Book Award in the prize’s twenty-seven year history for This is War, a play premiered by Tarragon in 2013 which also won the Toronto Critic’s Award for Best New Canadian Play and toured to Winnipeg’s Prairie Theatre Exchange. Her first full-length play, East of Berlin, premiered at Tarragon in 2007. Tarragon also produced a mini-festival of her work in 2013 that included the premieres of Little One and Other People’s Children as well as a remount of Roseneath Theatre’s In This World. Moscovitch’s other writing for the stage includes What a Young Wife Ought to Know (premiered by Halifax’s Neptune and 2b theatre company), The Children’s Republic (Great Canadian Theatre Company premiere) and The Huron Bride (premiered as part of Theatrefront’s The Mill play cycle) as well as The Russian Play and Essay, both of which won awards at SummerWorks Performance Festival. She’s been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Siminovitch Prize and the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Hannah’s short opera (librettist) with award-winning composer Lembit Beecher – I have no stories to tell you – commissioned by the Gotham Chamber Opera, premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in February of 2014. Upcoming, she is writing a combination of TV, opera, theatre, and film projects, including commissions with the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.
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