“Taylor Marie Graham has written an arresting and funny play about women and their friendships, coping with a troubled past and supporting each other” – Lynn Slotkin
“⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Taylor Marie Graham’s new play Post Alice, now receiving its world premiere at Here For Now Theatre’s 2021 New Works Festival, is one of the most exciting new Canadian plays I’ve seen for some time. Graham begins with an unusual premise and then develops it in unanticipated ways all the while punctuating the action with a variety of theatrical techniques one would not expect in an hour-long play. The result is a lyric, Chekhovian meditation on the loss of the past and the loss of the people we once thought we were . . . What is so masterful about Graham’s play is how in only an hour she uses the simple reunion of four friends to open up a contemplation of enormous themes . . . This is a profound, beautifully crafted play. I hope it has a long life after the Festival.” Christopher Hoile, Stage Door Reviews
“Powerful, powerful, and courageous . . . ‘Post Alice’ is one of those plays that needs to be discussed later to see how others responded to such fine work. Outstanding and true ensemble work.” – Joe Szekeres, OnStage Blog
THE VIRGIN CHARLIE
An OPERA comedy in one act where an unexpected recipient bears an immense responsibility!
Nominated: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Opera / Musical
“A charmingly twisted tale of a drag singer being told by the Virgin Mary that he / she is the bearer of the Second Coming… All hail new opera!” – John Terauds,The Toronto Star
“Props to Comic Opera… The most successful of the comedies… skillfully blends dramatic and musical tones… delivering notes of comedy, irony and real feeling.” – Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine
Inspired by the true events of the devastating 2011 Goderich tornado, Cottage Radio investigates our ties to home and asks: who are we when a part of us is caught in a storm? The fictional Marley clan crams together in a small family cottage on the outskirts of town in the aftermath of the F3 tornado. Over the course of three days, the family deals with losses both material and emotional, both in the past and the present. Combining song and stories from the community through a live radio broadcast from the cottage’s living room, the Marleys collect their demons, fight to find truth, and discover what the storm has left behind.
“Cottage Radio is a dynamic, complex, and very funny play with fabulous music set in beautiful and historic Goderich. Taylor Graham has written such rich and delicious characters, people who are familiar and yet presented in an utterly unique way. I am thrilled to see such a powerful play set in small town Ontario – true Canadiana, and yet, universal!” – Judith Thompson
“Cottage Radio stands out . . . searingly written . . . A major emotional and theatrical production on an appealingly personal subject . . . A significant accomplishment!” – Bill Mandel
Lisa and her brilliantly analytical mind are having trouble understanding why we spend so much time celebrating painful emotions like love. Will attending her childhood best friend’s wedding at her old high school help clear things up? Maybe she should just hide upstairs.
White Wedding is a site specific play written and directed by Taylor Marie Graham. This bizarre comedy explores those inevitable life questions that come up after all the anticipation of a wedding is over. Who are we really? And what is the point of it all?
“White Wedding was such an uncommonly cool theatrical experience. Playing in the upstairs hallway of the Artscape Youngplace, this Toronto Fringe show is a site specific piece that used its space to its advantage. The show explores unrequited love, the ways in which nostalgia can affect our choices and memories, and whether or not love actually conquers all . . . If you’re looking for a unique, lively evening, please come check out this show — its sure to get a wonderful reception.” – Jackie Mahoney, Mooney on Theatre
Librettist: Taylor Marie Graham
Composer: William Rowson
Frog Song is a fairy tale opera for children which follows young Navdeep and Wyatt on a journey of self discovery, finding their true voice, both inside and out. The two meet at a famous singing camp called Camp Songbird which is actually shaped like a real mechanical bird, with wings that flap and everything. At the camp, Navdeep is repeatedly visited by a magical dream with a murky pond and a million little frogs piled high to the sky to create a gigantic wall. This wall of frogs starts to seep into Navdeep’s waking life at Camp Songbird too and Navdeep must figure out how to save the day while she is awake, or is she dreaming?
“The show was everything I wanted right now. Beautiful, poetic, simple, with fun performances! I feel great coming out of it. Congratulations!!” – Ciaran Myers, playwright
Composer: Stephen Taylor
Librettist: Taylor Marie Graham
“A nice ironic edge in librettist Taylor Graham and composer Stephen Taylor’s Maggie’s Sunflowers . . . A fantasy piece about the possibility of human resurrection in the vegetable world.” – Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine