2019-2020 Season

Thy Woman’s Weeds by Erin Shields
World Premiere co-production with Repercussion Theatre
Directed by Amanda Kellock
Postponed as a result of COVID-19
Centaur Theatre

Developed in collaboration with Playwrights Workshop Montréal

Thy Woman’s Weeds is a fierce, subversive new work by one of Canada’s leading playwrights that boldly challenges and explores what it means to be a woman working with Shakespeare today. Driven by a chorus of women who are grappling with their relationship to Shakespeare, it begs the questions : Why do it? If we do it, how do we do it? How do we deal with the inherent gender discrepancies? The chorus invokes scenes in different parts of the theatre, at all parts of the process: in a rehearsal hall, in a dressing room, in the audience, and in the play itself. 

Winter’s Daughter by Jesse Stong
World Premiere
Directed by Emma Tibaldo
November 27 – December 8 2019
Segal Centre for Performing Arts Studio

Inspired by the family history of local celebrity barber Gino Chiarella, Winter’s Daughter takes us to an isolated farm in Southern Italy in 1921, in the aftermath of World-War-One where a couple copes with tremendous trauma and loss while wrestling with how to care for a Jewish child suddenly abandoned at their doorstep.

Staged readings

Developed in collaboration with Playwrights Workshop Montréal

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) by Julie Tamiko Manning
Directed by Sophie Gee
February 28th, 2020

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) tells the tale of Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto, a brothel ​owner​ who lost everything when the ​Canadian ​government set up internment camps for ​people of ​Japanese​ ancestry during World War II​. The playwright writes, “I want to explore her life, not as a ​clichéd ​dragon-lady ​madam, nor a​s a​ dutiful daughter, nor ​as ​a​ submissive and ​​​sexualized female Asian body, but as a valuable member ​​of Canadian society who had to fight against expectation, ​and for ​autonomy and recognition every step of the way.”

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) was the recipient of TDHT’s inaugural More than a footnote commission.

Other activities

More than a footnote playwriting contest

Now in its third year, More than a footnote is a new initiative by Tableau D’Hôte Theatre to develop theatrical works centered around little-known tales that have shaped the communities and nations that make up Canada. TDHT believes that the responsibility to tell these stories should not fall squarely on the shoulders of our artists and creators, which is why the public is invited to have a say in which play receives a commission.