Salvatore Antonio in 'Botticelli in the Fire' at Canadian Stage. Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann.

Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom

By Jordan Tannahill

A joyfully apocryphal re-telling of two momentous events: one historic, one mythic – from Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Jordan Tannahill.

Botticelli in the Fire

While painting The Birth of Venus, famed artist and bon-vivant Sandro Botticelli becomes entangled in sexual and political brinkmanship that puts a lot more than his masterpiece at stake. Caught in a web between the powerful Medici family, the Church, and his young lover, he must choose between art and survival.

Sunday in Sodom

In the Bible, she goes unnamed, known only as Lot’s Wife: the impertinent woman who was turned to a pillar of salt for looking back to behold God’s destruction of her hometown. In Sunday in Sodom, Edith recounts how her husband Lot welcomed two visitors into their house and the destruction that followed.

★★★ 1/2 (out of 4) Jordan Tannahill’s bracingly fresh double bill takes fragments of stories from the historical record and turns them into plays for today, damning more than a few torpedoes as he goes...Tannahill, as Canadian Stage writer in residence, rose with style to the challenge of writing two plays for two graduate directors and a single acting company, and design, performance and technical achievement here is first rate. The company’s season ends on a high note.

Toronto StarKaren Fricker

(Botticelli in the Fire)...ambitious and entertaining / (Sunday in Sodom)...could not be bettered

The Globe and MailJ. Kelly Nestruck

★★★★/5, Jordan Tannahill’s audacious pair of one-act plays brings Canadian Stage's season to a blazing conclusion...Tannahill’s work is witty, sexy, and audacious, with a strong emotional core.

TorontoistMartin Morrow

Production Details

4 Male

2 Female

Double Bill, 122 minutes (including intermission)

By Jordan Tannahill

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July 1, 2014

Botticelli in the Fire – *West coast premiere* Marin Theatre Company (CA) April 23 – May 17, 2020

January 22, 2011

PAST EVENT: Botticelli in the Fire – *American premiere* Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington, DC) May 28- June 24, 2018

Production History

Double bill Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom premiered at the Berkeley Downstairs Theatre, Canadian Stage, in April, 2016.
Botticelli in the Fire had its American premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington, DC) in May 2018.
Winner of the 2016 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Production (General Theatre Division)
Nominated for 7 Dora Mavor Moore awards including Outstanding New Play (Jordan Tannahill), Outstanding Direction (Matjash Mrozewski & Estelle Shook), Outstanding Performance – Female (Valerie Buhagiar), Outstanding Costume Design (James Lavoie), Outstanding Lighting Design (Steve Lucas) and Outstanding Sound Design / Composition (Sam Sholdice).
Winner of the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for ‘Best Canadian Play’ in 2016

Canadian Stage Trailer for 'Botticelli in the Fire' & 'Sunday in Sodom'

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