The Scavenger's daughter
"A witty and idiosyncratic story about the human condition…"
- The Link
Nov 20 – 30, 2003
*Voted one of the Best shows of 2003/04*
Year Round up, Montreal Mirror
Presented at the Roy Street Collective. This show precedes the formal creation of Scapegoat Carnivale though it was the founding member's first project together.
By Joseph Shragge, Directed by Alison Darcy, Produced by Dashielle Haskin, Assistant Directed by Joseph Shragge.
Stage Managed by Barbara Zsigovics, Original Score by Brian Lipson and David Oppenheim, Production Manager/Stage Management Advisor: Melanie St. Jacques, Lighting Designer Paul Chambers, Costume Designer Dashiele Haskin, Set Designer Dashielle Haskin and Ben Klein, Design assistance by Allison Katz.
Cast: Andy Bunker, Zach Embree, Mike Hughes, Jason Katz, Joseph Paul Messiano, Mike Paterson, David Potter, Ivana Shein, Amy Sobol, Jesse Todd and Toma Weiderman
Poster design by Alison Darcy
This five-act comedy is set in an anachronistic medieval world ruled by paranoia, greed, violence, cruelty and magic. An embittered, old Merchant creates automatons (golems) to act as unpaid workers for his clients. A trio of impoverished Shepherds buy into the con, but when the automaton breaks down, panic breaks out: all believe themselves somehow accountable and fear the penalties of the law.
A comedy of errors follows, in which the Merchant’s assistant is kidnapped by a group of rogue theatre players, and the Third Shepherd is convinced that he has become the automaton. Mistaken identities drive the plot, as the automaton lurches from scene to scene causing confusion and havoc. At the height of the madness, the Shepherd’s wife is forced to identify her real husband in order to save the Merchant from being tortured in a grisly new device called the Box. With disembodied body parts, a rogue theatre troupe and life-size torture devices, The Scavenger’s Daughter is part miracle play and part farce, exploring technology, illusion and the line between innovation and fraud.
An excerpt of The Scavenger's Daughter appeared in Matrix Magazine, 2004
“Shragge’s wit is very dry, and his characters are at the same time caricatures and complex human beings who serve as hilarious foils to one another in The Scavenger’s Daughter… Mike Hughes split the audiences’ sides as the paranoid, manipulative shepherd who convinces his friend to wander the forest dressed as an automaton. Andy Bunker as the third shepherd inspires much pathos as he begins to lose his grip on reality, and Mike Paterson as the aging merchant is both hilarious and touching.”
- The Link