The Mary Baldwin University Theatre Department is proud to present a production of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis. The production runs 7:30 p.m., May 7 through May 10 and 2 p.m., May 11 in Fletcher Collins Theatre in the Deming Fine Arts Center.
Kane’s play marks a radical departure from previous Mary Baldwin University Theatre productions. 4.48 Psychosis is a bold depiction of depression filtered through a kaleidoscope of “bewildered fragments.” Showcasing the range of talent and ability among Mary Baldwin theatre’s undergraduate community, the cast and crew tackle Kane’s script, which is intriguingly devoid of conventional stage directions. Portrayed as a group therapy session, the play presents multiple aspects of clinical depression by telling the story of four patients — who speak openly and unflinchingly about their struggles with depression — and the doctor who treats them.
This production hopes to open a discussion on the topics of depression, hospitalization, suicide, and other themes. While the play is ultimately hopeful in tone, audience discretion is advised.
American Shakespeare Center Playhouse Manager and Mary Baldwin alumna Monica Cross ’13 will direct the play, and the cast features undergraduate students Bridget Burner, Leslie Chockley, Randi Libin, Brittany Vaughn, and Jessica Walker.
For tickets and reservations, call 540-887-7189 or visit Mary Baldwin theatre’s website www.marybaldwin.edu/arts/theater. Tickets are $7 for students, seniors, and Mary Baldwin faculty and staff, and $12 for all other adults. For more information, contact the Mary Baldwin Theatre Arts Department, 540-887-7189.