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Concord Floral

Concord Floral
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Author: Jordan Tannahill
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 152
Pub. Date: 2016
ISBN-10: 1770914951
ISBN-13: 9781770914957
Cast Size: 7 women, 3 men
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About the Play:

Finalist for the 2016 Governor General's Award for Drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize)

Winner of the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and the Carol Bolt Award

Concord Floral is a full-length drama by Jordan Tannahill. A haunting tale set in a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and hangout for neighbourhood kids, Concord Floral re-imagines Giovanni Boccaccio's 13th century literary masterpiece The Decameron in a contemporary suburban thriller, in which ten teens flee a plague of their own making. Bravely conceived to give young performers a platform for expression, Concord Floral is about about beauty, cruelty, mercy, and the modern adolescent experience.

Concord Floral is a million-square foot greenhouse. Abandoned for years, it is seen as a scourge by concerned parents in the nearby suburbs. But it is also a hangout and refuge for a group of high schoolers; a place all to themselves in which to throw parties, experiment, dream, dare, and come of age. But something has happened there. Something nobody wants to talk about. As in Boccaccio's original, in which ten youth flee to an abandoned villa when the Black Death sweeps through medieval Florence, ten youth flee to the abandoned greenhouse when a mysterious plague descends upon their neighbourhood. But in Concord Floral, it is a plague they have brought upon themselves. Inspired by the real-life greenhouse located just above Highway 7 in Vaughan, Ontario (demolished in 2012), and the ways in which adolescents reclaim abandoned and unused spaces in their suburbs, Jordan Tannahill has written a lyrical, choral-driven play for mature audiences performed by ten teenagers.

Concord Floral was first produced in 2014 at Theatre Centre in Toronto and subsequently toured across Canada. It won the 2015 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play, the 2015 Carol Bolt Award, and was a Finalist for the 2016 Governor General's Award for Drama.

Cast: 7 women, 3 men

What people say:

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

"Degrassi meets I Know What You Did Last Summer ... easily the Best New Play of the Year ... Artfully structured, yet full of suspense... it's got style and substance – and is scary as all get out."The Globe and Mail

"A brilliant modern Canadian fable."Theatromania

About the Playwright:

Jordan Tannahill is a Canadian playwright and filmmaker. His work has been presented in theatres, festivals, and galleries across Canada and internationally, translated into multiple languages, and honoured with various prizes, including two Governor General's Literary Awards (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize).

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