To close out Penobscot Theatre Company’s Main Course series, PTC has commissioned Atlanta-based theatre company, Théâtre du Rêve to create a film that brings the stories of Acadian and other Francophone women to life through the lens of Maine poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, Evangeline, a Tale of Acadie. Written in 1847, the poem gave Acadians the dignity of a narrative for their traumatic displacement and genocide at the hands of the British in 1755.
While Evangeline was an instant hit, the central romantic heroine, Evangeline is a myth. Je ne suis pas Evangeline (I am not Evangeline) (April 22 – May 9) brings the stories of real Acadian women to life and examines how these strong, opinionated women – from farmers to mill workers to suffragists, are woven into Maine’s contemporary fabric.
Théâtre du Rêve producing artistic director, Carolyn Cook says, “I fell head over heels in love with Maine more than a decade ago, when I toured with a French-language play to Portland. Since then I’ve been digging into Maine’s Francophone history and finding stories that just cry out to be told. I’m thrilled to be working with Penobscot Theatre Company on this dream project!” FILM