by Sarah Kane
Aug 24 - Sep 10, 2016
By the time 4.48 Psychosis went on stage at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Sarah Kane would be dead. In February 1999, she killed herself at King’s College Hospital, South London, three days after a previous suicide attempt. The play itself seemed to foreshadow events with uncanny accuracy. A sequence of elliptical fragments, fractured and emotionally lacerating, it apparently portrayed a mind in the throes of breakdown, raging against doctors who do not (or will not) understand. Not for the first time, the critics were disturbed. Was this even a play?
How on earth do you award aesthetic points to a 75-minute suicide note?
In the years since, the myth has only hardened – Kane the tortured martyr, driven to put her own psyche on stage. While Blasted and Cleansed and Crave have long been acknowledged for the radical theatrical masterpieces they are, 4.48 Psychosis has been trapped in the shadows of what happened to its author.
- The Guardian
For this production, we asked patrons to contribute to a donation jar. 50% of those donations went to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado and 50% went back into the company.
This was our inaugural production for Pipedream Productions. Before we knew we would even be a company, our Artistic Director, Tony Ryan, started planning rehearsals for this show. Audience members raved about the love and laughter found in our production, despite the extremely dark language used in the poetic piece.
We wanted to produce this show first because many of us in the company had personal experience with mental illness and suicide.
Director: Tony Ryan
Assistant Director: Kai Monahan
Stage Manager: Sara Sachs
Dramaturg: Katie Walker
Choreography: Alexis Robbins
Scene Design: Trevor Fulton
Costume Design: Alexis Robbins
Makeup Design: Alexis Robbins
Lighting Design: Evan Mues
Sound Design: Ashley Campbell
Poster Design: Catherine Talbot, Trevor Fulton
Publicity: Ashley Campbell, Trevor Fulton
"BRITISH DRAMATIST, SARAH KANE, LED AN IMPACTFUL THEATRE CAREER: SPANNING FROM HER DEBUT PLAY PREMIERING IN 1995 TO HER SUICIDE IN 1999 AND THE POSTHUMOUS PREMIERE OF 4.48 PSYCHOSIS. HER COLLECTION OF WORK INCLUDES FOUR OTHER PLAYS: BLASTED, PHAEDRA 's LOVE, CLEANSED, AND CRAVE. SARAH KANE'S WRITING IS BOLD AND HONEST AND AS KANE'S OWN MENTAL HEALTH BECAME MORE FRAGMENTED, SHE REFLECTED THIS FRAGMENTATION IN HER DRAMATIC WORK. AS ONE MIGHT EXPECT, MANY VIEW 4.48 PRIMARILY THROUGH THE LENS OF KANE'S DEATH BUT NEGLECT TO REALIZE THE AMOUNT OF LOVE THAT LIES IN EVERY LINE OF HER POETRY. AS A MIND LOST IN THE DEPTHS OF DEPRESSION SEARCHES FOR CLARITY, ONE IS ENCOURAGED TO REMEMBER THE LOVE THAT THIS PLAY EVOKES AND TO BELIEVE IN THIS LOVE." - Katie Walker, Dramaturg