Podcast series

Tarragon Acoustic

Produced by the Tarragon Theatre

Centaur Presents Tarragon Acoustic, a series of audio plays, drawn from over 50 years of Tarragon Theatre’s rich history of Canadian play development.

October 25 - June 13, 2021
Centaur Theatre’s Artistic Associate, Rose Plotek, has curated an assortment especially for Centaur audiences. Each play will remain online for a period of 2 weeks. Centaur will receive a portion of the sales.

About

From classics to new works, Tarragon Acoustic features Canadian plays that were developed at Tarragon Theatre, the home for Canadian playwrights. Performed by some of Canada’s best actors, this online collaboration is an opportunity for Centaur to share more theatre with you until we can once again take to the stage.  

How To Purchase

Tickets will be available for purchase 2 weeks before each scheduled podcast. The ticket purchasing link will be posted below each show title. Ticket prices are $12.50 (tax incl.) + $2.99 service fee.

When you click on the link, you will be redirected to Tarragon Theatre’s website, where you will need to create an account to begin the checkout process. Once you enter your credit card information, the question “How Did You Hear About Us?” appears below the payment info in the checkout process. Please select “Centaur Theatre Patron”. Once payment is completed, you will receive an email confirmation with your payment receipt.

On the first day of the reading, you will receive an email with your access information.

**If your reading’s availability period has already began:

Within 24 hours (or less during office hours) you will receive an email from Tarragon with your access information. Simply log in anytime during the play’s 2-week availability period. 

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Audio Plays

Half Life

by John Mighton, Directed by Nikki Shaffeeullah
April 8, 2021 8:00 PM – April 22, 2021 11:59 PM
Click here to purchase tickets via Tarragon website

Had they previously met somewhere else under different circumstances? Why is their love so troubling for their children? Indeed, the light at dusk is sometimes warmer and more enveloping than that of the midday sun. Characters navigate between being and appearance, between cowardice and dissoluteness.

As a playwright, Mighton has been the recipient of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Drama, the Dora Award, and the Chalmers Award. His plays include Possible Worlds, A Short History of Night, and Half Life.

Half Life was first co-produced at Tarragon with Necessary Angel Theatre in February 2005.

Helen’s Necklace

by Carole Fréchette, Translated by John Murrell, Directed by Eda Holmes
April 25, 2021 2:30 PM – May 9, 2021 11:59 PM
Click here to purchase tickets via Tarragon website

Helen wanders through a Middle Eastern city looking for a lost pearl necklace. In language as shimmering as the strand of pearls itself—its value isn’t what we initially think—Fréchette brings Helen into contact with a series of people, from a friendly taxi driver to a distraught mother and an angrily impassioned man. Helen’s world is irrevocably changed by her search for a trinket.

Carole Fréchette is the author of fifteen plays, which have been translated into twenty languages and staged all over the world. Fréchette was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2002, and has received the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Language Drama twice.

Helen’s Necklace was first produced at Tarragon in October 2003 and was remounted in November 2004.

Scorched

by Wajdi Mouawad, Translated by Linda Gaboriau, Directed by Richard Rose
May 13, 2021 8:00 PM – May 27, 2021 11:59 PM
Click here to purchase tickets via Tarragon website

Wajdi Mouawad’s writing is powerful; a beautifully penned story that paves a path to a mother’s unspeakable pain. The closer Janine and Simon get to finding the source of her silence, the closer they are to uncovering a tragedy so horrific it will engulf the world they know. Continuing his quest for sense and beauty, Wajdi Mouawad has plunged into the turbulent depths of writing to discover, washed up midst the sand dunes, fiery tales lost in the mists of time. Making their way through the dunes are Nawal’s twin children, Janine and Simon, who want to solve the mystery of their origins. In retracing the bitter history of their mother, other characters come into the story—witnesses or key players able to assist in the investigation. Carried aloft by poetic language, the inquiry pursued by Janine and Simon unfolds in a dreamlike atmosphere that cultivates the mystery surrounding a knife thrust into the heart of childhood.

Incendies (Scorched) has been produced all over the world, including the United States, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Australia. The 2007 production at the Tarragon won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for Richard Rose. The production has been remounted several times and went on a cross-Canada tour in 2008–2009. In 2011 Incendies, the film version of the play directed by Denis Villeneuve was Canada’s official selection for the 2011 Academy Awards and was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Scorched was first produced at Tarragon in February 2007, was remounted in September 2008 and remounted again in June 2009.

Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall

Written and directed by Audrey Dwyer, Music by Spy Dénommé-Welch, Catherine Magowan and Audrey Dwyer
May 30, 2021 2:30 PM – June 13, 2021 11:59 PM
Click here to purchase tickets via Tarragon website

Audrey was the Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence at Tarragon Theatre in 2018-19 and was also the Assistant Artistic Director. She is currently the associate artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall is a brand new play with music.