Concord Floral

By Jordan Tannahill

Concord Floral
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Concord Floral is a one-million-square-foot abandoned greenhouse and a refuge for neighbourhood kids; a place all to themselves in which to dream, dare, and come of age. But hidden there is a secret no one wants to confront, and when two friends stumble upon it they set off ... Read more


Overview

Concord Floral is a one-million-square-foot abandoned greenhouse and a refuge for neighbourhood kids; a place all to themselves in which to dream, dare, and come of age. But hidden there is a secret no one wants to confront, and when two friends stumble upon it they set off an unstoppable chain of events, from shadows in parking lots to phone calls from the grave. It's time for the teens of Concord Floral to start talking.

Jordan Tannahill

Jordan Tannahill is a playwright and filmmaker currently living between his hometown of Ottawa and London, UK. His work has been presented in theatres and festivals across Canada and internationally. He won the 2014 Governor General's Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays and was shortlisted for the prize again in 2016 for Concord Floral (also a recipient of the 2015 Carol Bolt Award). Tannahill's book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama (2015) was called "essential reading for anyone interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance" by The Globe and Mail, and is on the curriculum of several North American universities. Tannahill has been described in the press as "the future of Canadian theatre" (NOW Magazine), "the hottest name in Canadian theatre" (Montreal Gazette), and "the posterchild of a new generation for whom 'interdisciplinary' is not a buzzword but a way of life" (The Globe and Mail).

William Ellis is a performer whose work in theatre and dance includes Other Jesus by Evan Webber, Even This Old Town Was a Forest by Aurora Stewart de Pena, WorkingOnWorkingOnUs by Andrew Tay, S h e e t s by Salvatore Antonio, and Greg MacArthur's A Man Vanishes. He has performed for choreographer DA Hoskins in Machine Room, The Coating Project for the Luminato Festival, and This is a Costume Drama at Harborfront World Stage. Recently he received a Toronto Theatre Critics Award--Special Citation for Videofag, which he ran with Jordan Tannahill from 2008-16.

Chandler Levack is a Toronto-based filmmaker, writer and journalist. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's screenwriting program, her writing has been published in SPIN, The Village Voice, The Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, and Flare, amongst other publications. Previously, two articles published in Maisonneuve, "The Music We Hate" and "Visions of The Future," were nominated for Best Art and Entertainment Writing at the Canadian National Magazine Awards. Levack currently works at TIFF, where she is the digital editor of The Review, a blog featuring interviews and long-form criticism about TIFF's programming and film culture at large.

Lindsay, Ontario-native Greg MacArthur is a playwright, dramaturg, and teacher. His plays have been translated into numerous languages and have been produced extensively across Canada, as well as in South Africa, Germany, the UK, Mexico, Romania, Hungary, and the US. His work includes: A Man Vanishes, Horror Story, Kate Bowie, A City, The Missionary Position, Tyland: The Toxic Bus Incident, Recovery, Get Away, Snowman, and girls! girls! girls!. He was the Lee Playwright-In-Residence at the University of Alberta and was shortlisted for the 2011 Siminovitch Award for Playwriting. MacArthur holds an MFA in Theatre Studies from the University of Lethbridge, where he currently teaches in the Department of Theatre Arts.

Awards

  • Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play 2015, Winner
  • Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights 2015, Winner

Reviews

“A brilliant modern Canadian fable.” —Annie Hodgins, Theatromania

“Artfully structured, yet full of suspense… it’s got style and substance—and is scary as all get out” —J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

“Masterfully blends naturalistic dialogue, poetic lyricism and magic realism. Concord Floral is an ensemble choral piece that packs a theatrical and emotional punch” —Jon Kaplan, NOW Toronto

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