Tarragon’s 2013–14 Season

Stories for the HEART.

Sustenance for the MIND.

Solace for the SOUL.

By award-winning ARTISTS.

A Ticket for EVERYONE.

Richard Rose
Artistic Director


We want you to talk! In addition to existing programs, we now host feedback sessions after every preview AND a company talkback after every performance in the third week of a run. Please check with each show for the dates.

The Best Brothers

by Daniel MacIvor
directed by Dean Gabourie

The Best brothers’ mother dies in a freak accident at Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade, crushed by a drunk drag queen. As they look to celebrate their mother, they wrestle with the most fundamental questions of love and family: who did Mom love more and who gets the dog?

September 17 – October 27, 2013
in the Mainspace


The Double

a TheatreRun production
created by Adam Paolozza, Arif Mirabdolbaghi & Viktor Lukawski
directed by Adam Paolozza
original music by Arif Mirabdolbaghi

When are you no longer yourself? The anxious government clerk Golyadkin is plagued by a stranger who looks just like him, but is more daring, romantic and brash. Inspired by Dostoevsky’s novella The Double, this uncanny triangle between a neurotic, his doppelganger and a stand-up bass transports us to 19th century Russian high society and Golyadkin’s labyrinthine search for his identity.

October 15 – November 24, 2013
in the Extraspace


The Valley

by Joan MacLeod
directed by Richard Rose

Strangers collide in this expertly woven story of healing. A dramatic police encounter illuminates a son’s pain; a police officer pulls away from home because of duty; two mothers search for answers. Siminovitch Prize winner Joan MacLeod’s real-life sensibility reveals a touching story of the unexpected shared lives of strangers.

November 6 – December 15, 2013
in the Mainspace


Flesh And Other Fragments Of Love

by Evelyne de la Chenelière
translated by Linda Gaboriau
directed by Richard Rose

On the Irish Coast, a vacationing couple stumbles upon the body of a drowned woman. This grisly discovery acts as a catalyst to unearth the unspoken in their marriage. Part detective story, part ghost story, part dissection of fidelity and intimacy, this is a haunting ode to love by Quebecois playwright Evelyne de la Chenelière, based on Marie Cardinal’s renowned novel Une vie pour deux.

January 7 – February 16, 2014
in the Mainspace


The Ugly One

in co-production with Theatre Smash
by Marius von Mayenburg
translated by Maja Zade
directed by Ashlie Corcoran

“You can't sell anything with that face.” A razor sharp satire about getting ahead in the world. With mesmerizing speed, this award-winning work by one of Germany’s hottest playwrights catapults us into a narcissistic world obsessed with beauty, image and plastic surgery.

January 8 – February 16, 2014
in the Extraspace



by Duncan Macmillan
directed by Weyni Mengesha

“Is it ethical to have a child when you’re a car driving, plastic bag using, aerosol spraying avocado importing person?” What if they grow up and hate you? A bare stage, a man, a woman, a conversation, and infinite possibility. British playwright Duncan Macmillan gives us a no-holds-barred look at a lifetime of love.

February 25 – March 30, 2014
in the Extraspace


Marry Me A Little

music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
conceived by Craig Lucas & Norman René
directed by Adam Brazier

Saturday night in Brooklyn and two single people come home to their empty apartments. This playful cycle of Sondheim’s favourite outtakes imagines a world where romance triumphs over loneliness and heartache. “…more beguiling than so much of what passes for contemporary musical theatre.” – The NY Times

February 26 – April 6, 2014
in the Mainspace


Soliciting Temptation

by Erin Shields
directed by Andrea Donaldson

In a sweaty and sticky hotel room, a Western man and a young woman meet for sex. Somewhere between the reality and the fantasy, the sex becomes talk and the talk becomes dangerous. Nothing is off limits in this battle of morality, economics, and desire. Governor General Award winner Erin Shields shines a light on the complexities of sex tourism and our preconceptions about love.

April 1 – May 4, 2014
in the Extraspace


A God In Need of Help

by Sean Dixon
directed by Richard Rose

1606 and Europe is at war over God. Venice’s four strongest men are charged with transporting a holy painting across the Alps to Prague. On their way, they are set upon by Protestant zealots—their escape is attributed to a miracle. Through this mystery Sean Dixon challenges the role of faith at the dawn of the Age of Reason.

April 16 – May 25, 2014
in the Mainspace


The God That Comes

a 2b theatre company production
by Hawksley Workman & Christian Barry
directed by Christian Barry

This is an old story, a story about a soldier king, his mother, and a new god. The city’s slaves, women and outlaws climb the mountain to drink and worship through abandon; for this new god is the god of wine, sex and ecstasy. Created and performed by Canadian sensation Hawksley Workman, The God That Comes is wine-soaked rock and roll theatre at its most Bacchanal.

* not on subscription

June 3–29, 2014
in the Mainspace


Season Sponsor

Tarragon Theatre is proud to announce BMO Financial Group as its Season Sponsor for 2013–14.

BMO Financial Group

Operating Support

The Canada Council for the Arts The Ontario Arts Council The Toronto Arts Council