Tarragon Theatre Toronto “Waiting Room”

Tarragon Theatre Toronto “Waiting Room”

Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of
Waiting Room
by Diane Flacks
Directed by Richard Greenblatt
Starring Ari Cohen, Michelle Monteith, Jordan Pettle, Warona Setshwaelo, Jane Spidell, Jenny Young

Photo Cylla-von-Tiedemann

Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Waiting Room, written by the talented and multi-faceted Diane Flacks, and directed by the equally talented, multi-faceted Richard Greenblatt, teaming up for a second time as writer and director for Tarragon. This powerful new drama about diagnosis, prognosis and uncertainty opens January 14, 2015 and runs to February 15 (previews from January 6) in Tarragon’s Mainspace. Six outstanding actors – Ari Cohen, Michelle Monteith, Jordan Pettle, Warona Setshwaelo, Jane Spidell, Jenny Young – are featured in this penetrating work.

What are you willing to risk to save a life? A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children’s hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

“Hope is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words
– And never stops – At all.” -Emily Dickinson
Says Flacks, “Waiting Room began percolating as an idea almost seven years ago as I sat in a coccyx-crushing rocking chair in a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit with my baby son. During our nine-month sojourn there, and in the years to come, I could not have imagined the suffering I would witness or the deep humanity I’d encounter both from the medical staff and other parents. They became our world and our family. While inspired by my personal situation, Waiting Room is not my story – it has elements of my story as well as the stories of dozens of people I met and interviewed. It speaks to tricky, often insoluble questions of humanity that both patients and doctors confront when they find themselves on the precipice of life and death, and contemplate whether they should risk, or refrain.”
LISTING INFO:
Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of
Waiting Room
by Diane Flacks
Directed by Richard Greenblatt
Starring Ari Cohen, Michelle Monteith, Jordan Pettle, Warona Setshwaelo, Jane Spidell, Jenny Young
Set and Costume Design by Kelly Wolf
Lighting Design by Bonnie Beecher
Sound Design by Reza Jacobs
Video Design by Cameron Davis

Opens January 14 and runs to February 15, 2014 (previews from January 6)
Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, M5R 1X3
Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm and select Saturdays at 2:30pm: Jan.17, Jan.24, Jan.31
Tickets can be purchased through Patron Services at 416.531.1827 or by visiting www.tarragontheatre.com
Regular Tickets: $42-$55 (Previews: $23-$27)
Rush Tickets: For every performance excluding opening night, specially priced $15 Rush Tickets will be sold (subject to availability) in person at the Box Office two hours before show time. Follow us on Twitter @TarragonTheatre for regular updates on rush ticket availability and special ticket offers.

Alumnae Theatre Blood Relations

Alumnae Theatre Blood Relations

TORONTO—Alumnae Theatre continues our 2014-2015 season with Sharon Pollock’s Governor General’s award-winning play Blood Relations January 23-February 7, 2015. Pollock’s play takes us on a psychological journey, bringing the past to life in a search for a possible answer, a motive. The only suspect, the real Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, but in Blood Relations, the chilling question still repeats.

“Did you Lizzie? Did you?”

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Rather than centering on the grisly details of the murders, the play focusses on the patriarchal oppressive society Lizzie Borden (played by Marisa King) has endured. Lizzie’s friend, and lover, The Actress (Andrea Brown) play a game of memory and imagination, reenacting moments of Lizzie’s life leading up to the murders as a play-in-a-play. Kathleen Jackson Allamby, Steven Burley, Rob Candy, Sheila Russell, and Thomas Gough play the cast of characters in Lizzie’s life. Director Barbara Larose has assembled an extremely talented cast and production team to bring this psychological murder mystery to the Alumnae Theatre MainStage.

“If no one looks in the mirror, I’m not even there. I don’t exist.”

Larose’s direction explores the play’s central themes of identity and the masks we wear. Blood Relations “asks questions about what is truth and about how we, as a society, treat those who are different in any way,” says Larose. “One of the more brilliant aspects of the play is how it speaks to us individually — who has not questioned their identity – their very worth – at one point or other in their lives?”

Blood Relations features a design and artistic team that includes Gabriel Cropley (lighting designer), Ed Rosing (set designer), Margaret Spence (costume designer), Rick Jones (sound designer) and Ellen Green (assistant director).

Calendar of this theater event