Award-winning theatre company Son of Semele Ensemble is proud to present its third mainstage production for the 2019 season, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane.
4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane
October 12 – November 3, 2019
Performances Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 5pm and Tuesdays @ 7pm
Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004
at Hoover, between Alvarado and Vermont.
Metro Red line stop at Vermont & Beverly; Metro bus local line 14.
Produced on the twentieth anniversary of the playwright’s suicide.
Deeply layered, this stream-of-consciousness view into a psychotic mind is both mysterious and crystalline, and explores with raw authenticity the complexities of mental illness. Son of Semele Ensemble’s production of this beautiful and haunting play is a powerful celebration of Kane’s contribution to contemporary, boundary-pushing theater, and an exploration of an often-misunderstood subject. Sarah Kane is known for her poetic and intense plays which challenge traditional forms. 4.48 Psychosis was written in the autumn and winter of 1998-99 as Kane herself battled one of her recurrent bouts of depression. It is the last play she wrote before her suicide in 1999. 4.48 Psychosis appears on the page as a poem, with no prescribed characters, actions or settings. Sarah Kane was a British playwright who studied drama at Bristol University and University of Birmingham. With ferocious poetry and loving abandon, her plays starkly confront death, sex, violence and mental illness. Although she struggled with intense manic depression for many years, she continued to work, serving as writer-in-residence for both Paines Plough and the Royal Court Theatre.
$25 general admission, $20 for patrons 25 years old and under.
Limited pay-what-you-will tickets are available for performances through October 20 (suggested $10 minimum donation). Early purchase recommended! www.sonofsemele.org
Box office opens 30 minutes prior to each performance. In case of a sold out house, there will be a waitlist to fill unclaimed seats.
Directed by Matthew McCray
Set by David Offner
Lights by Matt Richter
Video by Corwin Evans
Sound by Daniel Gower
Costumes by Michael Mullen
Props by Edgar Landa
Melina Bielefelt*, Ron Bottitta*, Taylor Hawthorne*, Dylan Jones*, Jinny Ryann and Betsy Zajko*
* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
For further information: write to [email protected].org.
ABOUT SON OF SEMELE ENSEMBLE: Son of Semele Ensemble is a Los Angeles-based ensemble theatre company comprised of 30+ actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs and producers. Since 2001, Son of Semele Ensemble productions have been honored with two LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards (nine nominations), five LA Weekly Theatre Awards (eleven nominations), four Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, two SAGE Awards, and an NAACP Theatre Award (four nominations). The company was also nominated in six categories at the inaugural Stage Raw Awards.
SON OF SEMELE ENSEMBLE MISSION: We believe the impact of a theatrical experience should resonate beyond the theater door. As an ensemble of artists, we integrate complex design and performance, producing theatre that embraces the friction between emotion and intellect. Through a process of discovery, collaboration and creative risk-taking, we illuminate and amplify universal questions. To that end, we make an earnest commitment to the artistic sustainability of the greater community.