Oedipus Part One: Assembly


Written by Sophocles, Adapted by Joseph Shragge from a literal translation by Lynn Kozak Directed by Andreas Apergis Musical direction by David Oppenheim, Original composition by Brian Lipson

Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October, 22, 2017

“When bodies assemble on the street, or in the square, or in other forms of public space, they are exercising a plural and performative right to appear.” –Judith Butler

Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre returns to Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks for the fourth time following their award-winning productions of Medea and The Bacchae, with a new adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus. Both spoken and sung, the stage will be filled with talented Montreal voices coming together for the first creative development stage of this important play.

Oedipus Part One: Assembly is a powerful depiction of a city-wide crisis centering on King Oedipus’ quest to rid Thebes of a devastating plague brought on by a mysterious curse. The play opens with a group of citizens supplicating at Oedipus’ palace gates, but we quickly learn that these protests are occurring throughout the metropolis. It is against this backdrop of civic collectivity that the truth of Oedipus’ past violence and present taboofilled turmoil comes to light.

This performance will re-centre the play’s civic notion of public assembly, and ask what it means to be part of a large-scale appeal to power. The work will also give nuance to the general public’s long-held perception of Oedipus Tyrannus, moving away from 20th century Freudian readings of the play and suggesting it instead as a lens for examining 21st century participatory culture.

“Don’t raise the city only to let it drop; restore the state so it never falls.” –Priest

With: Chip Chiupka|Alison Darcy|Gitanjali Jain|Marcel Jeanninǀ Leni Parker Mike Payette|France Rolland|Theoharis ‘Harry’ Standjofski Melissa Trottier| Janet Warrington ǀ Brett Watson Featuring: Choeur Maha ǀ Zakynthines Phones Choir ǀ The Montreal Artists Choir

Oedipus Part One: Assembly (3 performances only) Scapegoat Carnival Theatre at Centaur Theatre, 453 St François-Xavier Box office: (514) 288-3161 centaurtheatre.com/brave-new-looks.html Tickets $15, groups $10

 


This is the first stage of development for Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre’s new adaptation of Oedipus; Oedipus Part One: Assembly.

The company is investigating the nature of masses of people coming together to effect change. Here, the people of Thebes come from around the city to supplicate the gods (or rather Oedipus himself) to cure a plague that has devastated their city. Three  choirs from diverse communities unite at Centaur Theatre to sing together as the people of Thebes. Original music and a stellar cast made up of  artists who have performed with the company over the past 10 years bring the show to life.

 

Three shows only. All preview coverage, tweets and posts would be much appreciated.

If you would like to interview director Andreas Apergis or any company member- Media Contact: Janis Kirshner (514) 287-8912 jkirshner@sympatico.ca

 

 

On Stage: 12 actors │3 Choirs │2500 years of the peoples’ politics

 

             

 

Montreal theatre royalty to play kings, queens and statesmen of Thebes in Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre 10th anniversary season


Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks presents Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre’s

 

Oedipus Part One: Assembly

 

 

 

 

Written by Sophocles, Adapted by Joseph Shragge from a literal translation by Lynn Kozak

Directed by Andreas Apergis


Musical direction by David Oppenheim, Original composition by Brian Lipson

 

Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

“Don’t raise the city only to let it drop; restore the state so it never falls.” –Priest

 

Montreal, September 2017 Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre’s Co-Artistic Directors Alison Darcy and Joseph Shragge are honoured to be invited to Centaur Theatre for a fourth Brave New Looks slot with Oedipus Part One: Assembly following their award-winning productions of Medea and The Bacchae. This new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus, directed by Andreas Apergis, is adapted by Joseph Shragge from a literal translation by Lynn Kozak, with musical direction by David Oppenheim and original composition by Brian Lipson. Both spoken and sung, the theatre will be filled with talented Montreal voices coming together for the first creative development stage of this important play, from October 20-22.

 

Celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, Oedipus Part One: Assembly, the third in their Greek tragedy trilogy, unites local gifted theatre artists who have performed with the company over the years. Award-winning cast members, many of whom are no stranger to Centaur audiences, include: Chip Chuipka, Alison Darcy, Gitanjali Jain, Marcel Jeannin, Leni Parker, Mike Payette, France Rolland, Theoharris ‘Harry’ Standjofski, Melissa Trottier, Janet Warrington and Brett Watson.  Sharing the stage is Choeur Maha, Zakynthines Phones Choir and The Montreal Artists Choir.

 

“This city is mine, too.” –Oedipus

 

Oedipus Part One: Assembly is a powerful depiction of a city-wide crisis centering on King Oedipus’ quest to rid Thebes of a devastating plague brought on by a mysterious curse. His pursuit of its cause has far reaching consequences for the city and for himself. The play opens with a group of citizens supplicating at Oedipus’ palace gates, but we quickly learn that these protests are occurring throughout the metropolis. It is against this backdrop of civic collectivity that the truth of Oedipus’ past violence and present taboo-filled turmoil comes to light.

 

This performance, the first of a long-term creative development, will re-centre the play’s civic notion of public assembly, and ask what it means to be part of a large-scale appeal to power. The work will also give nuance to the general public’s long-held perception of Oedipus Tyrannus, moving away from 20th century Freudian readings of the play and suggesting it instead as a lens for examining 21st century participatory culture.

 

From Director Andreas Apergis: “I was drawn to the plays’ apocalyptic setting, which parallels our late capitalism’s looming economic, environmental and societal catastrophes.” Playwright Joseph Shragge worked with McGill classics professor Lynn Kozak to translate the language into modern English. He says, “It’s a harrowing drama, filled with a horrible sense of mounting tension. We also maintained the comedic moments, and believe it or not, there are many!” Apergis and Shragge decided to approach various choirs to mirror the play’s three choruses, a rarity even for Greek tragedy.

 

Coming together onstage to sing the choral odes are three community choirs. The lauded Choeur Maha is an innovative women’s choir with a feminist mandate that has performed across the city since 1991. The Zakynthines Phones choir is an all-male Greek Community Choir that sings a repertoire of traditional Greek music. The Montreal Artists Choir is a musical chorus formed from the extended Montreal theatre community especially for this production.

 

About Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre

Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre is an award-winning theatre company reflecting the diverse talents and extraordinary creativity of the Montreal artistic community, presenting innovative new work with an emphasis on education and community outreach. Their aesthetic interest is in the carnivalesque, the roughly-hewn, and the highly theatrical. Whether producing new works or adaptations from the classical repertoire, they strive for theatre to be an unruly, visceral and authentic shared experience. This marks a decade of the company bringing quality, expressionistic English language theatre to Montreal audiences.

 

“When bodies assemble on the street, or in the square, or in other forms of public space they are exercising a plural and performative right to appear.” –Judith Butler

 

Oedipus Part One: Assembly (three performances only)

Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre at Centaur Theatre, Brave New Looks selection for 2017

453 St François-Xavier

Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm

Matinee: Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 pm

Tickets: $15, 514-288-3161, centaurtheatre.com/brave-new-looks.html

Early-bird discount: To honour Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre’s 10th anniversary, tickets are $10 (instead of $15) if purchased by phone before Oct. 6 using the code word ‘anniversary’

 

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