Cameron University theatre season starts with contemporary tragedy, “4.48 Psychosis”

Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts will open its 2018-2019 theatre season, celebrating “Where Everything Comes Together,” with British playwright Sarah Kane’s “4.48 Psychosis.” The contemporary tragedy will be presented in the University Theatre from September 27-30.  The curtain goes up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, military, Cameron faculty and staff, and non-Cameron students.  CU students receive one free admission with their CU I.D.  “4.48 Psychosis” looks at mental illness and thoughts of suicide. On opening night a special panel discussion will be held after the show to discuss the production’s topic.  Dr. Shaun Calix, Associate Professor in the CU Department of Psychology, will lead the discussion.  Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 580-581-2478.

Composed of 24 sections which have no specific setting, stage directions or characters Kane’s last work presents a subjective look at an individual’s battle with clinical depression. Contemplation and discussion of suicide are prominent, and issues such as deciding whether to take medication to treat depression, the desires of the depressed mind, the effects and effectiveness of medication, self-harm, and the possible causes of depression are examined. Other themes that run throughout the script are isolation, dependency, relationships, and love. Kane herself suffered from clinical depression; she committed suicide shortly after completing the play. This production contains material that some people may find objectionable.

Student designers for the production are Emily Whatley, Duke, set design;  Jacob Parkhurst, Lawton, lighting design; Mandi Bonjiorno Dowd, Lawton, costume design; Payton Williams, Comanche, sound design; and Dakota Barbee, Walters, property design. The production is directed by Dr. Deidre Onishi, associate professor of theatre arts.

Members of the cast include Williams, who plays the role of one of the B’s, as well as MacEwan Sanders, also playing a B.  The other cast members are, in the role of the A’s, Abbey Rinestine, Ciarra Renée, and Montgomery Johnston. Darold Kowalke plays the Doctor.  All are from Lawton.

The crew includes Cole Nowlin, Anadarko, stage manager; Julie Christie, Augusta, Ga., light board operator; and Jessica Ramon, Midlothian, Texas, running crew.  Crew members from Lawton are Hunter Pinkerton, sound operator; Olivia McPherson and Stephanie Sabol, running crew; Nina Pebeahsy, house manager, and Celeste Powell, box office.

September 25, 2018