Calgary, AB – Third Street Theatre presents the world premiere of The Passion of Sergius and Bacchus by the Queer Theatre Creation Ensemble. This three-person historical drama is on original work based on the controversial true story of two Roman soldiers married by the Christian church in 300 AD and martyred for their faith by the Roman Empire. The production runs April 22rd – May 3rd, 2014 at EPCOR CENTRE’s Motel and is the second creation work by the Queer Theatre Creation Ensemble. Their first original work, This Is How I Left, was nominated for two Calgary Critics Awards in 2013 including Best New Script.
The Passion of Sergius and Bacchus illuminates a battle between religion, passion and loyalty that rages in the 4th Century as Roman soldiers Sergius and Bacchus realize their love for each other and for Christ. Their newfound religion will cost them friendships, honour, and freedom, but will they renounce their faith before it ultimately costs them their lives? Creation Facilitator, Paul Welch says the characters share “an indescribable bond and must navigate the treacherous waters of faith and mortality in pursuit of an everlasting life together. The power of this bond”, Welch says, “lies in the question, “What are you willing to die for?” A question far from our current reality when we think about modern day convictions.”
The Passion of Sergius and Bacchus features an ensemble cast of Matt McKinney, Amy Sawka and Simon Tottrup. The production team includes facilitator Paul Welch, production assistant Jonathan Brower, set, light, & costume designer Leon Schwesinger, assistant designer Jason Ho, sound designer Michael Wanless, Dramaturg Laurel Green, and stage manager Anne McIlveen.
The production runs Wednesday, April 23rd through Saturday, May 3rd, nightly shows Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm. 2 pm matinees April 26th, 27th & May 3rd. April 22nd is a special 2 for 1 preview with a portion of the proceeds going to the Chinook Foundation.
Tickets are $20-25 and can be purchased through the EPCOR CENTRE Box Office at 403-294-9494 or online at epcorcentre.org.