FORT KENT, Maine — The Acadian Archives acadiennes of the University of Maine at Fort Kent will present the performance of “La Sagouine” by Viola Leger at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the UMFK Fox Auditorium.
Tickets are $25 per person or VIP tickets for $50, which will be for the best seating and a champagne reception with actress Viola Leger.
La Sagouine is a major character created by Antonine Maillet in 1971, has become the spokeswoman of the entire Acadian people. She is a scrubwoman, born on the wrong side of the tracks, uneducated, fighting poverty with any means at her disposal. She is marginalized by most of society but she is not blind to the revulsion she elicits. And she is not shy about speaking the truth, in spite of the fact that it is not always easy to hear. She denounces the injustices perpetuated upon people who live on the periphery of “acceptable norms.”
This woman of humble origins has a relentless logic and a pure and direct view of the world. Her pail of dirty water is the well from which her wisdom and wit emerge. Her words, old, rare, and poetic harken to a primordial, essential element: human dignity. La Sagouine is a universal character. We are all, every one of us, marginalized in one way or another.
Since the play “La Sagouine” was published in 1971, it has become a larger-than-life phenomenon.
The play was performed in French and English Canada and French-speaking Europe. With the words of Antonine Maillet, which focus on the identity of a people, and with the voice and presence of the extraordinary actress Viola Leger, La Sagouine has touched people of all ethnicities and cultures.
Tickets may be purchase through the Acadian Archives, located on the UMFK campus, or by calling the Acadian Archives at (207) 834-8631.