Delay of Play: Naked Stage artistic director Antonio Amadeo put out the word late Wednesday (April 16) that the company's production of 4.48 Psychosis has been delayed by a week. The reason: a cast change. So the info below has been updated to reflect the new dates and cast...Christine Dolen, a.k.a. Drama Queen
British playwright Sarah Kane was both reviled and celebrated during her short life and controversial career. The five plays she wrote from 1995 to 1999 -- Blasted, Phaedra's Love, Cleansed, Crave and 4.48 Psychosis -- experimented with form and style. Her disturbing work included scenes of rape, torture, suicide, cannibalism and violence both psychological and physical.
4.48 Psychosis was Kane's final play. Plagued by debilitating depression for much of her adult life, she wrote the play -- a chilling portrait of a disintegrating, tormented mind -- in late 1998 and into the beginning of 1999. On Feb. 20, 1999, at the age of 28, Kane took her own life, hanging herself in the hospital where she had been taken after overdosing on prescription drugs.
For its third production, The Naked Stage is taking on the challenge of Kane's intense, disturbing play. Mad Cat Theatre founder Paul Tei, who just won best actor/best supporting actor in a play Carbonell Awards, is guest-directing the piece, which has no stage directions and doesn't even specify how many actors should perform it. Three actors will take on the roles of patient, therapist and lover in the Naked Stage production: Katherine Amadeo, Kim Ehly and Erin Joy Schmidt.
On April 24, Naked Stage artistic director Antonio Amadeo and a professor from Barry University's psychology department will lead a discussion about the play's themes after a free ppeview for Barry theater and psychology students. Naked Stage performs at the Pelican Theatre on Barry's campus, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. The play opens Friday, April 25, and runs through May 18. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 (seniors $18, students $12). For info or tickets, visit Naked Stage's web site; tickets also available via Theatermania or by calling 1-866-811-4111.