Crazy for Life: A True Story in One Act by Victoria Maxwell is a solo performance about a woman with bipolar disorder performed by Róisín Goebelbecker as part of a senior thesis project in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.
The project explores the question, “To what extent is theatre a relevant and effective tool for social change?” Goebelbecker hypothesizes that theatre provides the perfect opportunity for audiences to practice empathy and decrease their prejudice toward an othered group portrayed on stage. Live theater is a way to create simulated social contact between audiences and groups of people to whom audiences may not normally have access.
The play takes audiences on a journey filled with drama and humor that will broaden the understanding of the struggles people with bipolar disorder face. Before the show begins, audiences will complete a survey linked in their program about their perceptions of people with bipolar disorder. The completed thesis will then evaluate if the performance helps audiences to better understand people within this othered group.
Two performances: Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 pm
Free; tickets required.