By Jordan Tannahill
Running Time: 85 minutes
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT
One year after a tragedy, two couples sit down to dinner. Far from finding the closure they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal the layers of hypocrisy beneath. A funny and moving exploration of a hot button issue, rendered in dynamic dialogue by an exciting young playwright. Touchstone’s hit production, directed by Katrina Dunn, features an innovative design and riveting performance from some of Vancouver’s finest actors.
WHY YOU’LL WANT TO SEE IT
If it takes a village to raise a child, then who’s to blame when one falls by the wayside? That’s the question lurking at the heart of Jordan Tannahill’s searing, unforgettable drama. From one of Canada’s most promising young playwrights, winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Drama and the John Hirsch Award, comes a new play where there are no easy answers to be found; only the shattered realities of two families struggling to put a terrible ordeal in the past.
MESSAGE FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
“I have immense empathy for each of the characters in Late Company. Being a parent in the 21st century isn’t easy. There is far from any consensus around some of the most difficult questions they face. Whose domain is it to supervise the cybersphere? Theirs? Their teachers? How much space should one give a child? When should one approach their child about their sexuality? About withdrawn behaviour or depression? Act too soon and it may push them further away; wait and it may be too late. How well can we ever really know our children? And what responsibility do we have for each other’s children? Those of our neighbours, those of strangers. There are many questions this play does not have the answers to. But perhaps by asking these questions together, we can begin a necessary discussion.” – Jordan Tannahill, 2014
WHAT YOU’LL TAKE AWAY
This is truly theatre at it’s most raw: exploring restorative justice, cyber bullying, and the ever-changing complexities of parenthood in the 21st century.
Jordan Tannahill is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto described by The Toronto Star as ‘…one of Canada’s most exciting independant theatre artists’.
Through his company Suburban Beast, Jordan writes and directs performances for theatres, galleries, and found spaces. His performances often incorporate extensive multimedia, blend documentary elements with magic realism, and explore themes of queer identity, youth culture, masculinity, and suburbia. Jordan’s plays have been honored with 6 Dora Award nominations (winning ‘Best New Play for Young Audiences’ for rihannaboi95 in 2013), four awards at the SummerWorks Festival including ‘Best Production’ and ‘Best New Play’, the 2012 Enbridge playRites Award, InsideOut’s 2012 Emerging Canadian Artist Award, and the 2011 Ken McDougall Award for Emerging Directors.
His ‘live-film’ Post Eden was named one of ‘Canada’s Best Theatre Productions of 2012’ by The Globe and Mail. His short films and media installations have been presented at festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally including Pleasure Dome, Images Festival, the British Film Institute, and the Vancouver Int. Film Festival. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Ingmar Bergman Prize at the Uppsala Int. Short Film Festival in Sweden. With his partner William Christopher Ellis, Jordan runs a storefront arts space called Videofag in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Videofag was named a ‘Superhero of 2013’ by the Torontoist and Toronto’s ‘Best New Gallery’ by BlogTo in 2012.
Jordan is currently developing new performances for the PuSh Festival, UK’s Panic Lab, Necessary Angel/bluemouth inc. and the National Theatre School of Canada.
Late Company is being presented in an alternate “Alley”-style configuration – an Evergreen first! The original production was blocked and performed in this arrangement and rather than adjust the entire performance just for Evergreen, we’ve decided to bring it to you in its original format.
Any questions about this seating arrangement can be answered by our Box Office at 604-927-6555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Truly transcendent theatre . . . Get tickets soon. And bring a handkerchief.”- Mooney on Theatre
“If it takes a village to raise a child, then who’s to blame when one falls by the wayside? That’s the question lurking at the heart of Jordan Tannahill’s searing, unforgettable drama. There are no easy answers to be found here, only the shattered realities of two families struggling to put a terrible ordeal in the past.” – Kevin Scott, Torontoist
“Tannahill’s star is rising fast in a country that doesn’t have a lot of “star” playwrights… Tannahill may well be the future of Canadian theatre — and it’s well worth taking up this first local opportunity to see his work.” – Joff Schmidt, CBC
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 7:15pm
Join us in the lower lobby before the show for an insider’s look into the show with a key member of the production team.
Talk Back Performance
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Join us after the performance for a talk back in the theatre with the cast and members of the production team.