Monday, March 31, 2014

Tarragon Theatre Toronto presents Soliciting Temptation on stage April 1 - May 4 2014

From a media release:

Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of
Soliciting Temptation
By Governor General Award winner Erin Shields

written by Erin Shields
directed by Andrea Donaldson
starring Derek Boyes & Miriam Fernandes

In the Extra Space
April 1 – May 4, 2014
Opens Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday 1 – Tuesday 8 April
Tuesday 15 – Sunday 20 April

Buy tickets

TORONTO - Tarragon Theatre, under the artistic direction of Richard Rose, proudly presents the world premiere of Soliciting Temptation by Governor General Award winner and Tarragon playwright-in-residence Erin Shields. Directed by Tarragon's Assistant Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson, this compelling drama shines a light on the complexities of sex tourism and our preconceptions about love. Starring Soulpepper stalwart Derek Boyes and emerging artist Miriam Fernandes, Soliciting Temptation opens Wednesday, April 9 and runs to May 4 (with previews from April 1) in Tarragon's Extraspace.

In a sweaty and sticky hotel room in an unnamed developing country, 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.

Says Shields, "I initially started writing this play because I was incensed at the rise in child sex tourism in developing countries. As I began to write, I realized that what I wanted to talk about was the power dynamics between young and old, rich and poor, male and female. Soliciting Temptation is about child sex tourism, but it is also a play about entrapment and desperate longing, about sexual suppression and sexual awakening, about the desire to expose and be exposed."

Director Andrea Donaldson, who has collaborated with Shields previously on such Groundwater Productions as Montparnesse and The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski, says, "We count on playwrights to write the unspeakable, and for actors to give those words life - to be us at our best and to be us at our worst. Erin's two characters are ultimately each other's perfect match - and there is nothing more attractive than a couple who are worthy opponents. At the end of 60 minutes of real-time, they face themselves in ways that surprise them and us. I am drawn to this play because it grapples with our most essential human questions in an unexpected way."

Derek Boyes makes his Tarragon debut. A resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre, currently in his 11th season there, his numerous credits recently include The Norman Conquests and The Crucible with 12 Angry Men upcoming. An early claim to fame was his appearance in the world premiere of Ann-Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), produced by Nightwood Theatre. He is also an associate artist with Toronto Masque Theatre.

Miriam Fernandes also makes her Tarragon debut. She has been seen in Hamlet for Shakespeare in Action, The Biographer for Tango Co. at Videofag, The Bundle during Sheep No Wool Theatre Company's Edward Bond Festival in 2012 and she is currently an artist-in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille. In 2011, Fernandes co-founded The Pomegranate Project, an arts education initiative that connects students in Toronto to students in Mumbai, India through dance, theatre and filmmaking. She is the recipient of the inaugural Independent Theatre Creators International Training Scholarship, a partnership between Theatre Ontario and Why Not Theatre.

Set and costume design is by Ken MacKenzie, lighting design by Kimberly Purtell, and sound design by Thomas Ryder Payne. The stage manager is Laura Baxter.

Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Soliciting Temptation
By Erin Shields

Directed by Andrea Donaldson
Starring Derek Boyes and Miriam Fernandes
Set and Costume Design by Ken MacKenzie
Lighting Design by Kimberly Purtell
Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne

April 9 to May 4, 2014 (previews from April 1)
Tarragon's Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto
Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
with Saturday 2:30pm matinees on April 12, 19, 26
Tickets range from $21-$53 (including discounts for students, seniors and groups)
AND a Pay-What-You-Can on April 1 at 8pm - $13 Rush Tickets at the door Fridays (on sale at 6pm) & Sundays (on sale at 1pm) starting April 11 -
For tickets, call Patron Services at 416.531.1827416.531.1827 or visit

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