October 23 – 28, 1990

Alternate Title Le Théâtre Repère: Polygraph
Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin Canada
Description Robert Lepage’s BAM debut, Polygraph was billed as a “metaphysical detective story.” Directed, designed, and co-written by Lepage, Polygraph is an early instance of the inventive visual flair for which Lepage is now known. The live-action play deploys many techniques and tropes from film, such as dissolves, dream sequences, cutaways, slow motion, montage, and flashbacks.

A polygraph is supposed to detect the truth. But what is truth? -- In this detective thriller, Québec theater artist Robert Lepage asks: If there is no body can there have been a murder? Who is the murderer? Is there a murderer? Does he know he's a murderer?...A skeleton appears and disappears! A wall spurts blood! Polygraph is 100 minutes of jangled nerves, startling images and altered states.
Identifier 1990f.00492
Season Fall 1990
VenueLepercq Space (Ballroom, BAM Cafe)
lighting designerRobert Lepage, Éric Fauque
set designer/decorRobert Lepage
translator/interpretorGyllian Raby