A new iteration of Jordan Tannahill’s suburbia infused Concord Floral, directed by Erin Brubacher and Cara Spooner, and inspired by the medieval allegory The Decameron, will open Canadian Stage’s 16.17 season from September 27 to October 16, 2016. An ensemble of emerging youth performers from across the country will re-create this 2015 Dora Award-winner for Outstanding New Play at the Bluma Appel Theatre.
A sleeper hit that premiered at the Theatre Centre in October 2014, Concord Floral is a collaborative work by Governor General’s Award-winner Jordan Tannahill (2015 Dora Award-winning Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom, Canadian Stage’s 14.15 Playwright-in-Residence) and multidisciplinary artists Erin Brubacherand Cara Spooner was first developed as part of Canadian Stage’s 2012 Festival of Ideas and Creation.
“It is wonderful to see the progression of a project initially developed as part of our Festival of Ideas and Creation become a mainstage production four years later. We are delighted to be an artistic home for Jordan Tannahill as he continues to break new ground in Canadian theatre,” said Artistic and General Director Matthew Jocelyn. “A bold contemporization of a classic fable and exploration of the world of alliances and exclusion, Concord Floral is a perfect follow-up to last season’s Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom. Seen through the eyes of the fantastic teen cast and the vision of directors Erin Brubacher and Cara Spooner, it promises to be a live theatre experience like no other.”
Concord Floral is a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and a hangout for neighbourhood kids. Something has happened there. Something nobody wants to talk about. Concord Floral re-imagines Giovanni Boccaccio’s 13th century literary masterpiece The Decameron in the contemporary Toronto suburb of Vaughan, in which ten teens must flee a plague they have brought upon themselves. This Canadian Stage production brings together ten youth performers from the GTA and across the country to play ten teenagers (plus a fox, a bird, a couch, and a greenhouse), in this piece about beauty, cruelty, mercy and the modern adolescent experience.
The creative trio of Erin Brubacher, Cara Spooner and Jordan Tannahill has taken on different roles throughout Concord Floral‘s development. Playwright Tannahill wrote the script over three iterations, while Brubacher and Spooner have directed the process as well as the casts of young performers who have brought the piece into being in cities and sites across Canada, from Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, to the Magnetic North Festival in Yellowknife.
Made of up of cast members from the premiere Theatre Centre production and Calgary/Ottawa/Yellowknife runs – many 2016 High School graduates – the Toronto company includes Madison Baines, Theo Gallaro, Ofa Gasesepe, Davinder Malhi, Jovana Miladinovic, Jessica Munk, Franco Pang, Micaela Robertson, Rashida Shaw and Melisa Sofi. Erum Khan, who began workshopping the piece in 2012 as a grade 12 student, and who originated the role of Nearly Wild in 2014, now joins the creative team as Assistant Director.
With sleek, atmospheric lighting by Kimberly Purtell and a haunting soundscape by Composer/Sound Designer Christopher Willes, the production will take on a new life at the historic Bluma Appel Theatre.
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