An Acre of Time

Susan Coyne, Lisa Norton and Pierre Brault onstage at Tarragon. Photo by Nir Bareket.

 

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"Jason Sherman's most poetic and poignant play." - CBC Radio"The fact Jason Sherman managed to transform this work of non-fiction into a drama that brought tears - yes, tears - to the eyes of audience members... makes An Acre of Time... not just a run-of-the-mill success; it makes it a triumph." - Bert Archer, Today Tonight "Director Brian Quirt adds dramatic depth to An Acre of Time." - NOW Magazine "Jason Sherman's An Acre of Time traces the story of a mother mourning the death of her daughter, invokes vanished communities and whisks through centuries of land claims and bureaucracy. And after doing all that, Sherman still found time to infuse his play with wit, emotional resonance and historical significance. - Kamal Al-Solaylee, Eye Weekly

AN ACRE OF TIME By Jason Sherman

In 1997, we commissioned Governor General's Award-winning playwright Jason Sherman to adapt Phil Jenkins' popular book about Ottawa, An Acre of Time. Collaborating with Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company and Toronto's Tarragon Theatre, we spent four years, several workshops, and two full productions creating the final version. An Acre of Time tells the story of one acre of what is now the Lebreton Flats in downtown Ottawa. Tracing the land's story from its geological creation through its Aboriginal, French, English and finally Canadian owners, An Acre of Time is a microcosm of Canadian, and indeed all, history. An Acre of Time is also one of Jason's most moving plays, blending insight into urban planning with an understanding of grief and the rage that often accompanies it. Jason found drama in the humour and eloquence of the book by Phil Jenkins, and offered Susan Coyne a wonderful lead role. The play was subsequently published by Playwrights Canada Press. An Acre of Time went on to be nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award in 2001. Our thanks to the cast and staff at the Great Canadian Theatre Company where An Acre of Time premiered in 2000, and to the great team at the Tarragon, where a revised version premiered in 2001.

Production History

Tarragon Theatre, Toronto March 7 to April 15, 2001 Directed by Brian Quirt Featuring: Pierre Brault, Susan Coyne, Tim Hill, David Jansen, Lisa Norton and Kristen van Ginhoven Design by Carolyn M. Smith and Paul Mathiesen Music by Ian Tamblyn Assistant Director: Naomi Campbell Awards Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding Performance for Susan Coyne. Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa May 8 to 27, 2000 Directed by Brian Quirt Featuring Pierre Brault, Dennis Fitzgerald, Marie-Josée Lefebvre, Catriona Leger, Gordon White and Beverly Wolfe Design by Julie Fox and Martin Conboy Music by Ian Tamblyn  


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