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Thursday May 13 2021 at 8:00 PM

× Scorched
A Tarragon Acoustic Production in association with PlayME Podcast's Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley
May 13, 2021 8:00 PM – May 27, 2021 11:59 PM (listen anywhere anytime)

Written by: Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Directed by: Richard Rose

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.

Developed with the assistance of the National Arts centre English Theatre (Ottawa), Scorched was workshopped and received a public reading as part of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) English Theatre On the Verge Theatre New Play Reading Festival 2005.

Scorched, the English language version/adaptation of lncendies, was made possible through the assistance of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Interdepartmental Partnership with the Official-Language Communities (IPOLC), an initiaive of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Scorched was first presented in a staged reading at The Old Vic Theatre in London, as part of "4play Canada", a showcase event co-presented by the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and the Canadian High Commission (London, UK). The reading was directed by Braham Murray, artistic director of The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Pre-purchased Acoustic subscriptions and tickets will receive an email on the opening day of the play (May 13) with instructions on how to access it and any associated bonus content. Subscriptions and tickets purchased after the opening day (May 13) will receive the access information email within 24 hours of purchase.


30 Bridgman Avenue
Toronto ON M5R 1X3

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