Jessie nominated for Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition. Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright.



Lounge follows a lonely lesbian lounge singer’s search for home and true love on her last Canadian tour. Interweaving story and song, she takes her audience from a childhood in small town Canada to singing lounge in Las Vegas and a love affair with a showgirl.

Written and performed by Tanya Marquardt. Directed by Ilena Lee Cramer. Music and arrangement by Joel Stefano. Stage production by Jason Leane. Dramaturgy by Kris Nelson.



2006, Mynt Restaurant & Lounge, 555 Davie Street, Vancouver

2007, Rime, 1130 Commerical Drive, Vancouver 

2009, Pivot Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada       

Produced with chrysalis theatre

(photos by Cande Andrade)

Tanya Marquardt. Remember that name. She’s going to be a star.
— Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier
This play will seduce you…
— Rob Salerno, Xtra West
Quietly vunerable… it’s hypnotizing. Marquardt presents the chanteuse with a combination of pain and girlish cover-up
— Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
Tanya Marquardt’s one woman show about an unnamed singer just stopping in town for a gig has all the hallmarks of a gin-soaked, down-and-out lounge act…
—  Michael Harris, The Globe and Mail