One year after the suicide of their teenage son Joel, Debora and Michael Shaun-Hastings sit down to dinner with their son’s bully and his parents. Closure is on the menu, but accusations are the main course as everyone takes a turn in the hot seat for their real or imagined part in the tragedy. Blame shifts over the course of the evening from one person to the next, raising questions no one is prepared to answer.
Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, filmmaker, and theatre director. He won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays and was shortlisted for the prize again for Concord Floral. He has twice received Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play, while his play Botticelli in the Fire won the 2017 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play. He is the author of Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama and his first novel, Liminal, will be published by House of Anansi in January 2018. Jordan’s films and multimedia performances have been presented at festivals and galleries such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Tribeca Film Festival. From 2012 to 2016, Jordan and William Ellis ran the influential underground art space Videofag out of their home in Toronto’s Kensington Market. In 2017, his play Late Company transferred to London’s West End while his virtual reality performance Draw Me Close, a co-production between the National Theatre (UK) and the National Film Board of Canada, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Visit www.jordantannahill.com.
“A powerfully polarizing script. There is humour and heartbreak in equal parts.” —Carly Maga, The Grid TO
“This is theatre in its purest form: a cathartic cleansing.” —Joe Vesey-Byrne, The Independent, UK
“Tannahill’s subtle writing examines divergent approaches to parenthood without condemning anyone, as well as the challenges of childrearing in the 21st century.” —Debbie Fein-Goldbach, NOW Magazine
“Tannahill’s writing fizzes with authenticity. His arrow sharp dialogue is by turns comic and excruciating.” —Claire Allfree, The Telegraph
“Harrowingly powerful . . . a superb play, which deals compassionately yet unflinchingly with grief’s desperate search for an answer to the question: Why?” —Tom Wicker, Time Out London