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Offending the Audience ()

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Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Peter Handke
Translator: Michael Roloff
Creator: Christian Lapointe


Factory Studio Theatre


August 6th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015


Christian Lapointe takes on the founding text of anti-play – the playful and destabilizing Offending the Audience by Peter Handke. Nearly fifty years after its creation, Lapointe reinvents the play’s celebratory radicalism. Taking the show’s title and the line “This is not a play” quite literally, he casts the audience as the only living character in the piece, placing the spectators face to face with themselves. They are both the subject and the object of this unusual performance, where theatrical representation is turned inside out. (

Creative Team

Peter Handke Playwright
Michael Roloff Translator
Christian Lapointe Conceived and Created by


Pierre-Olivier Fréchet-Martin Technical Director


Bryan Eaton Venue Technician
Debbie Courchene Venue Technician