An independent Montreal-based theatre company, founded in 2006 by playwright Joseph Shragge, actor/director Alison Darcy and actor/stage manager Melanie St. Jacques. In 2007, the three were joined by actor Andreas Apergis and musical director David Oppenheim.
Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre is dedicated to producing new works based on provocative dramaturgical concepts and approaches. The company focuses on plays or texts that mix popular and experimental forms, employ heightened or poetic language and are expressionistic, unsettling or unreal.
In 2006, it presented Last Call, written and acted by Holly O’Brien (dir. Alison Darcy) at the New Classical Theatre Festival in the Monument National.
Things Are Bad – Ijumpile Lendaba (2007), written and directed by South African actor Thami Mbongo, was first performed a part of the Ikhwezi Festival at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa as a collaboration between Mopo Productions, AKAMbongo and Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre. It then toured the large black townships in the Cape Town area. The play examines the high incidence of crime in the townships as a source of entertainment by young people.
The Works, written by Joseph Shragge, directed by Alison Darcy, is an absurdist prison drama which examines the nature of freedom and control. It was workshopped at Montreal Playwrights’ Workshop, and premiered at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2007.
In the fall of 2008, Scapegoat Carnivale staged a production of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Spanish baroque classic Life Is a Dream as a part of Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks. In 2009, it again participated in Centaur’s Brave New Looks with a new translation/production of Medea, set in Greece in the 1920s.
Last updated 2010-10-13