Some of William Shakespeare’s plays were not exactly pro-feminist to today’s standards. Lavinia takes characters from Shakespeare’s works somehow involved in sexual violence, and gathers them in a support group, to continue their unfinished narratives.
Lavinia just witnessed something horrible. One of her best friends, Sylvia, was sexually attacked on a public bus by her own close friend, Proteus, but when all is said and done, nothing happened, and there was no consequence to Proteus’ actions. Even Sylvia can’t find the words to speak up against her attacker. And so, Lavinia makes it her personal mission to bring Proteus to justice.
In the tradition of Elizabethan Theatre, one male actor takes on these roles. A bold investigation of the appropriation of stories and bodies, Lavinia strives to question and expose contemporary traditions for what they are: long continuations of a long and ongoing narrative.
Written and performed by Jon Lachlan Stewart
Directed by Georgina Beaty
Wig Design by Alice Norton
Wig assistant Courtney Goodwin
Prop design by Jennifer Wade
With support by the Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students’ Society, and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Montreal.