Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre explores object theatre in “Sapientia”, presented August 16-26 at MainLine Theatre

Mark these dates in your summer calendar: Thursday – Sunday, August 16th – 26th, 2018

With Sapientia, Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre explores object theatre. Sometimes referred to as object puppetry, object theatre uses found everyday objects, instead of puppets specifically designed for the narrative.

Hroswitha of Gandershiem is considered the first female playwright in history, and one of the few who wrote about life from a woman’s perspective during the early Middle Ages. Sapientia (wisdom) deals with the martyrdom of three allegorical virgins who willingly face death under the command of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and are slain in the encouraging presence of their mother—Sapientia.

In an industrial kitchen, an espresso maker faces-off with a vanity mirror and her tea cup children in a religious clash between Roman Polytheism and Christianity. Sapientia is a playfully surreal retelling of a medieval tale featuring lurid onstage violence between objects and food.

There is a trigger warning for the whole piece… religious extremism, violence; proto-feminist Christian martyrdom done with a comedic grotesqueness. Not for the faint of heart, nor for children.

Scapegoat Carnival Theatre presents “Sapientia”

Originally written in Latin by 10th century canoness Hroswitha of Gandershiem
Adapted by Joseph Shragge from a literal translation by Lynn Kozak
Direction and Conceptual Adaptation by Mia van Leeuwen

With: Alison Darcy | Robert Leveroos | Alexandra Petrachukǀ Evan Stepanianǀ Paul Van Dyck

MainLine Theatre — MiniMain: 3997 Blvd. Saint-Laurent

Ticket prices: $20 General Admission
$15 Student/Senior/Artist/Underemployed

Box office: 514 849-3378

Moderated talkbacks follow some of these gory, imagery-laden performances; Guests TBC

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