Created and directed by: Alison Darcy & Joseph Shragge
Choreographed by: Andrew Turner
Starring: Trevor Barrette, Davide Chiazzese, Alison Darcy, Sasha Samar
Yev is a hermit living in a remote region of the Siberian Taiga, the sole survivor of a family who fled civilization for fear of religious persecution. Matthew, a biology student who’s curious about Yev’s solitary life, begins a correspondence but soon discovers that she is not entirely alone. As their camaraderie deepens, so do complications between Yev and her possessive neighbour Savorin, a geologist who violently disputes her version of their shared story. Through layered, complex unfolding, the play slowly unearths the truth about these relationships forged amid seclusion. YEV, Scapegoat Carnivale’s latest creation, is loosely inspired by the Siberian hermit Agafia Lykova, among others.
Darcy and Shragge joined writing forces to explore what it means to physically, mentally and emotionally live off the grid. “We used collaborative writing techniques while envisioning the play’s major production elements in order to discover ways of representing a character whose life is remote and inaccessible, a character who speaks a language few understand,” said Darcy. The end result is a fresh, creative piece of theatre designed in triptych form; an unconventionally structured new play which is at once visual, physical and textual.
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