For the Sins I Can Remember

Inspired by Maimie Pinzer and her collection of letters, The Maimie Papers, mixed with stories from other prostitutes in the red light districts around the US, For the Sins I Can Remember is an absurdist portrait of women from the late 19th and early 20th centuries who chose to work as "soiled doves." Set in a purgatory cell where a prostitute squares off with two clownish Angels of Judgment, the piece explores questions of morality, love, and femininity-as-currency. Weaving together fragments of history’s underside and moments from a deconstructed present, For the Sins I Can Remember captures an anti-heroine’s obstinate effort to survive her life—and death—with her personhood intact.


"A room that Lewis Carroll kept locked... For the Sins I Can Remember is poetry... If theater is a banquet, clown performance is one such wherein every ingredient is laid bare before the diner... Vagabond Inventions gives us one more reason to consider their body of work as the definition of a New York clown experience." (NYTheatreReview)


"Sterling performances and new writing that stimulates, titillates and tears up the traditional... For The Sins' offers the viewer a theatre experience that is very real and unflinchingly bold."

(Gareth Clark of theater company Mr. and Mrs. Clark)


Conceived/ Directed by:

Jennifer Sargent


Co-Written/ Developed by:

Donna Costello 

Cynthia Polutanovich 

Jennifer Sargent


Music composed by:

Tony Melone


Performed by:

Donna Costello

Denni Dennis

Emily James

Elisa Matula

For the Sins I Can Remember

performed at:


The Marigny Opera House

New Orleans Fringe Festival

November, 2014


The IRT Theater

New York City

October, 2013


The Bridge Theatre

Duct Tape and a Dream Festival

(work-in-progress performance)

May, 2013



Vagabond Inventions created For the Sins I Can Remember with the support of Kori Rushton and the IRT Theater's “3B Development Series.” The project also received support from production company Roots and Wings Theatrical, the Duct Tape and a Dream Festival, the Rich Farm in the Catskill Mountains, John and Laurie Sargent, Jean Fleming, Judy and Bill Fujimoto, Bill and Amelia Schumacher, Stewart and Grace Ruth, Kevin O'Keefe, Vincent Costello, the team at Goat in the Road Productions, and many other individuals.


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