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Toronto: Anosh Irani’s “Buffoon” runs at the Tarragon Theatre November 20-December 15

Friday, October 25, 2019

Tarragon Theatre is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Buffoon. The play by bestselling author Anosh Irani runs in Tarragon’s Extraspace November 12 - December 15 (opening November 20). 

A Clown, a Trapeze Artist, a love triangle, a one-man tour-de-force performance. WATCH as Felix the clown takes you on a journey from cradle to grave. WITNESS a life of chance haunted by inevitable fate. MARVEL at Buffoon, a heartbreaking, tragic and hilarious tale of a clown finding love at the circus. 

Buffoon is a one man show where Anand Rajaram plays (at least) five different characters, primarily focused on the story of Felix, who grows up in the circus and finds his first love there. Anand’s portrayal of Felix in Buffoon shows audiences the hard face of a mother’s lack of affection and eventual infidelity as a ripple effect of his father’s debilitating injury after a trapeze accident.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” - This quote from Mark Twain frames the story Felix (Ananad) tells of himself in Buffoon as he recounts the tale of the day he found out why he was born and what a Buffoon really is.  

"We’re pleased to present the world premiere of Buffoon to Tarragon’s audiences,” notes Tarragon’s Artistic Director Richard Rose. "Anosh Irani is a gifted playwright whose work in Buffoon is sure to touch and entertain.”

Buffoon features Anand Rajaram (Dora Award for Outstanding Performance, Tarragon’s Mustard). Buffoon is written by Anosh Irani (Factory Theatre’s The Men in White, “Translated from the Gibberish”), with direction from Tarragon’s own Richard Rose (Tarragon’s The Message, Tarragon’s Hamlet).

Buffoon runs in Tarragon Theatre’s Extraspace from November 12 - December 15, opening officially Wednesday, November 20.

Buffoon (World Premiere)

written by Anosh Irani
directed by Richard Rose
starring Anand Rajaram
November 12 - December 15, 2019 (opening November 20)

“Mothers, what makes it so hard to accept they might not love us?”

A Clown, a Trapeze Artist, a love triangle, a one-man tour-de-force performance.

CAST + CREWwritten by Anosh Irani
directed by Richard Rose
costume Designer Kathleen Johnston
lighting Designer Jason Hand
sound Designer Thomas Ryder Payne
starring Anand Rajaram

Showtimes are Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm, and select Saturdays at 2:30pm. 

Tickets range from $22 - $60 and can be purchased online at, or by phone at 416-531-1827

Discounts are available for seniors, students and groups and arts workers. Patrons under 35 & arts workers visit

Tarragon offers the most flexible subscription packages in the city with savings of up to 40%, allowing patrons to choose their productions, change their dates free of charge, and offering many different price points to suit all schedules and budgets. Visit the website or call Patron Services today for more information.

Rush tickets are sold for $20 cash only, in person at the theatre two hours before showtime. This year Tarragon will also be offering online rush tickets at varying discounts, 24h prior to the show. Both Rush ticket options are subject to availability.

For more information on Tarragon’s events and activities, visit

Photo: Anand Rajaram. © 2018 Jim Ryce.