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4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane
Black Box Gallery - The Robert Mello Studio
Doraville, GA
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4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane
4.48 Psychosis received its premiere in the first year of this century. Eighteen years later and its subjects of mental illness, heartache, and pathological grief are still vastly misunderstood and misrepresented. Yet every one of us has experienced suffering and despair. These scenes usually take place in seclusion - in the privacy of our homes, office buildings, or cars as we wait motionless in traffic. Thus depression might be defined by this simple paradox: It is everywhere and it is nowhere.

We are thrilled to announce that Vernal & Sere Theatre's next production is an attempt to make seen what is unseen: to thrust mental illness into the theatrical space and experience it firsthand, viscerally, so that together we might process the reality of depression.

"Validate me / Witness me / See me / Love me"

The final play by the groundbreaking and inimitable Sarah Kane, 4.48 Psychosis is an exploration inside the mind of a young woman who, suffering from mental illness, determines to commit suicide. Yet while the mind is both subject and setting, the heart of this play is a love story: between a patient and doctor, between a woman and herself, and finally between performers and audience.

But its ultimate act of love might be found in the very nature of its main character's dilemma, which should not be seen as a struggle to die, but as a tooth-and-nails fight to live.


A Brief Performance Note:

In an effort to present the fragmentary and mutative nature of both mental illness and this plays structure, every actor in our company has memorized, rehearsed, and learned this entire play over an extended rehearsal process - every line, every scene, every role.

Based on impetus and the particular evening of performance, each scene might be played in a variety of arrangements by any combination of our ensemble.

If our math is correct, this gives our production 10,944 possible permutations.

We encourage multiple viewings.


Director: Sawyer Estes
Cast: Kathrine Barnes, Erin Boswell, Erin O'Connor, and Madelyn Wall
Lighting Design: Lindsey Sharpless
Poster Art: untitled by Wendelin Wohlgemuth


Less-If-You-Need / More-If-You-Want:

We've had many people ask how they can do and give more in support of our work, our livelihoods, and keep the cost of tickets affordable to all regardless of income.

Keeping theatre accessible and sustainable is a core value of ours as well, so for the first time ever we are proud to introduce two ticketing options for 4.48 Psychosis.

We believe in a kind of pay-what-you-can ticketing model and are thrilled to introduce a version of this to the Atlanta theatre scene!



4.48 Psychosis contains content that may be triggering to some audience members. If you have questions, please reach out to us at vernalseretheatre@gmail.com and we will be happy to talk with you about it.

This production utilizes strobe lights.

Must be 18+.


Black Box Gallery - The Robert Mello Studio (View)
4048 Flowers Rd.
Doraville, GA 30360
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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