The Real World? by Michel Tremblay Toronto

Tarragon Theatre proudly presents Michel Tremblay’s groundbreaking classic The Real World? in an English translation by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco, which originally premiered at Tarragon almost 25 years ago.

The final show of Tarragon’s 2011-2012 season, The Real World? is directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Richard Rose and previews from April 24, opens May 2 and closes June 3, 2012 in Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace. Tickets range from $20-$51 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at 416.531.1827 or by visiting
This new production of The Real World? features a powerhouse cast: Matthew Edison, Cara Gee, Sophie Goulet, Tony Nappo, Cliff Saunders, Jane Spidell and Meg Tilly.

Matthew Edison: At Tarragon: Forests, Midnight Sun, playwright-The Domino Heart. Soulpepper-A Christmas Carol, Loot; Canadian Stage-The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Proof-Dora nomination, Amadeus.

Cara Gee: Tarragon debut. Factory Theatre-The Rez Sisters; Nightwood Theatre-The Penelopiad; Necessary Angel-Tout Comme Elle.

Sophie Goulet: At Tarragon: Forests, Scorched. Théâtre Français de Toronto/Théâtre la Catapulte-Les Médecins de Molière-Rideau nomination.

Tony Nappo: At Tarragon: The Golden Dragon, Alias Godot, Little Mercy’s First Murder, Sideman, Motel Hélène. Canadian Stage-Another Africa; Luminato-The Africa Trilogy; Factory Theatre-Problem Child, The Gwendolyn Poems.

Cliff Saunders: At Tarragon: Possible Maps. Broadway-The 39 Steps; Princess of Wales Theatre-The Lord of the Rings, Beauty and the Beast-Dora nomination; Young People’s Theatre-A Servant of Two Masters; Stratford Festival (2 seasons); Roseneath Theatre-Danny, King of the Basement-Dora nomination.

Jane Spidell: At Tarragon: The Real World? (1989 Mayfest in Scotland tour), Lion in the Streets, Motel Helene, Rune Arlidge. Soulpepper-Doc, Our Town, Leaving Home; Factory Theatre-Escape From Happiness, Adult Entertainment; Stratford Festival (8 seasons).

Meg Tilly: Tarragon debut. Victoria’s Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre-Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; CTV-Bomb Girls series lead; films-The Big Chill, Agnes of God-Golden Globe win, Oscar nomination.

The mother of a precocious young playwright takes issue with his latest play: not only does it put private family matters centre stage, it liberally blends fiction with truth. Should or can playwrights truly "write what they know"? If they use their family members as characters in a play, what happens when those family members object to their theatrical selves? A play within a play, The Real World? remains a groundbreaking work about art, autobiography and authority.

Michel Tremblay has been a dominant figure in Québec theatre since the late 1960s; his plays have been performed around the world. Tarragon has been home to many of his English-language premieres: it has produced 13 of his plays, 10 of which were English-language premieres including – as well as The Real World? Hosanna, Les Belles-Soeurs and Albertine in Five Times. Tarragon is reviving this Canadian classic nearly 25 years after it premiered in English at Tarragon in 1988.

Tarragon Theatre presents
The Real World? by Michel Tremblay
translated by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco
directed by Richard Rose
Set and Costume Design by Charlotte Dean, Lighting Design by Kevin Fraser
Sound Design by Emily Porter, Stage Management by Marinda de Beer

starring Matthew Edison, Cara Gee, Sophie Goulet, Tony Nappo, Cliff Saunders, Jane Spidell and Meg Tilly

Opens May 2 and runs to June 3, 2012 (Previews from April 24)
Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30pm, Saturday matinees May 5, 12 and 19 at 2:30pm.
Tickets range from $21-$51 (including discounts for students, seniors and groups).
For tickets, call the box office at 416.531.1827 or visit
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