March 08, 2013
- Clear Imagery
- Clear Imagery
Written by Sarah Kane
Performances on March 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16 at 7:30 p.m.
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Director: Assistant Professor Rebecca Lingafelter
Scenographer: Associate Professor Michael Olich
Lighting Designer: Staff Technical Director Matthew Robins
Sound Designer: Mark Valadez
“It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind…” - 4.48 Psychosis
“O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven.” - King Lear
4.48 Psychosis is a play for the 21st Century. Devoid of delineated voices and textual indications of the number or gender of the performers, Sarah Kane’s seminal work creates a fragmented world in which the multiple voices of a single psyche attempt to understand itself. Marked by its post-dramatic structure and its painful position as Kane’s last play, 4.48 Psychosis asks us to encounter the complexity of the human experience in all of its terror and beauty. Inspired by the distinct vignettes within the text, the ensemble will create discreet worlds to contain Kane’s raw and revealing language. Employing a vaudevillian structure, our production will shift among worlds or “acts” to create a kaleidoscope experience of an individual’s struggle with sanity.
Sarah Kane was born in 1971. Her first play Blasted was produced at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1995. Her second play, Phaedra’s Love, was produced at the Gate Theatre in 1996. In April 1998, Cleansed was produced at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, and in September 1998, Crave was produced by the Paines Plough and Bright Ltd at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Her last play, 4.48 Psychosis, premiered at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in June 2000. Her short film, Skin, was produced by British Screen/Channel Four premiered in June 1997. Sarah Kane died in 1999.
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Sarah Kane was a playwright who wrote most of her work during the 1990’s in Great Britain. Her plays are characterized by spare and visceral language, experimentation with theatrical form, and often violent or sexually explicit themes. This panel will discuss Sarah Kane’s work in relationship to theatre history, her impact on subsequent playwrights, and her contributions to contemporary performance. Each panelist will give a short presentation followed by a question and answer period.
Erin Boberg Doughton (LC ‘ 94), Performing Arts Program Director, PICA
Grace Carter, Director, Defunkt Theatre