Wednesday, August 01, 2007


On August 1, Tara Beagan joins Cahoots Theatre Projects as its Playwright-in-Residence for the 2007/2008 season.

Tara is an accomplished actor and playwright. Her first play, Thy Neighbour's Wife, was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning one for Outstanding New Play. Her second play, Dreary and Izzy was produced by Native Earth Performing Arts in 2005. She was part of Tarragon Theatre Playwright's Unit 2006, as well as Nightwood Theatre's Groundswell Festival 2006. She has begun work on a new collective at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre where she will be playwright-in-residence for the 2008/09 season. Much of her writing strives to bridge the two worlds she inhabits culturally—Thompson River Salish and Irish Canadian.

With Cahoots, Tara will be developing her play Quilchena which is based on harrowing, real-life events that took place in the B.C. Interior in 1978. In the Nicola Valley, Monica Jack went missing thirteen days shy of her thirteenth birthday. In Quilchena, Tara writes of a community mourning Monica as they imagine her into adulthood. Seventeen years later, Monica returns to her people as they sleep, to bid them goodbye.

Tara joins a list of distinguished writers who have worked with Cahoots over its twenty-year history. Playwrights such as Marjorie Chan, Rahul Varma, Daniel David Moses, Betty Quan, Florence Gibson, and Guillermo Verdecchia have all had works developed or produced by Cahoots. Cahoots is committed to nurturing artists and plays that reflect the rich cultural diversity of this country.

“We’ve all been huge fans of Tara’s remarkable voice,” says Cahoots Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. “I am delighted to welcome Tara to the Cahoots family and I look forward to exploring Quilchena with her.”

Cahoots extends its gratitude to the Ontario Arts Council for supporting Tara’s term through its Playwright Residency Grant.

For more information please contact:

Ulla Laidlaw

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Cahoots Theatre Projects

(416) 203-9000

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