Tshepang, directed by Lara Foot Newton, toured throughout South Africa and internationally for roughly four years. It is now finally our chance to see this moving piece of theatre before it becomes a feature film later this year.
It tells the story of the rape of a 9-month-old baby girl in 2001. The story certainly isn't for the faint of heart. The story made international news. The town and the story are fictional, but based on hundreds of similar stories we hear of from this poverty stricken area of the world. Poverty has caused many of the residents of this town and towns like it to lose their humanity.
After the rape of baby Tshepang, her mother Ruth does not speak a word for three years. Simon steps forward to take care of Ruth and her baby. He becomes their protector and from this horrible incident, through the power of love, hope emerges.
Throughout the play your heart will break again and again for the baby and the mother, but the bright light of humour breaks through the gloom to make the pain bearable. It does not offer the viewer a simplistic answer, rather we are all called upon to draw our own conclusions. We learn that nothing is as simple as it might at first seem.
-Venue: 3700 Saint-Dominique
-Ticket Reservation: www.lachapelle.org or (514) 843-7738
-Ticket Prices: Adults: $25.00
-Show Time: Tuesday – Sunday: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2009: 3:00 p.m.