MAD ONES is a new play by Laura Burke, presented as part of Tangled’s Flourishing exhibition series, in which Deaf, Mad, and Disability-identified artists respond to the question “what does it mean to flourish?”
Starring: Stefne Mercedes, Jake Wilkinson, Leah Pritchard, Michael Gaty,
Directed by: Harrison Thomas
Stage Manager: Crystal Lee Chettier
MAD ONES will be presented to the public FIVE NIGHTS ONLY in Suite B30 of 401 Richmond.
Preview: November 19 7:00-8:30 PM
Opening Night: November 20 7:00-8:30 PM
Performance and Talk Back: November 21 7:00-9:15 PM
November 22 7:00-8:30 PM
November 23 7:00-8:30 PM
November 24 7:00-8:30 PM
About the play:
MAD ONES is set in the famous Bedlam Asylum in London in 1825. It is the story of Guen, a mad woman, and her lover Tsura, who meet on a ship of fools – a place representing the dangerous yet inspired, liminal space of Guen’s mind. The setting of the ship is built around the love between Tsura and Guen. It is juxtaposed with the harsh realities of Bedlam, and Guen’s relationship with Dr. Jack Williams, a well-meaning physician whose privilege and training are at odds with his high ideals for the treatment of asylum inmates. Dr. Williams sets in motion a plan to display Guen’s “recovery” from madness before the hospital review board as a case study which will impact her fate, and that of everyone involved. In her work with Dr. Williams, Guen must ultimately choose between the psychological freedom to define her own reality and the practical freedoms of emancipation from Bedlam.
This performance deals with multiple mature subjects. These include ableist ideas, sexual content, nudity, mentions of sexual violence, depictions of sexual violence, depictions of miscarriage, simulated physical violence, depictions of blood and physical injury, loud verbal aggression, allusions to torture and antiquated medical treatments, and general mature themes and content.
Laura Burke is a mad-identified writer, actor, and performance poet based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She debuted her first play entitled Voices in San Francisco in 2011. Since then, she has written Heartwood, a confessional one-woman show about her journey as a psychiatric survivor and her path toward giving back to others who suffer in similar ways. Heartwood has toured across Canada, including the Mayworks Festival and as part of Neptune Theatre’s open spaces program with Doppler Effect Theatre. An excerpt from her play Iris has been presented at the Soloicious Festival and The Women in Theatre Festival in Halifax. Laura likes to make work about vulnerable, often misunderstood characters who fight through their marginalization to reclaim their otherness as their birthright. When she is not writing or working on stage, she works as a psychotherapist. She also likes to spend time in the north end of Halifax with her 12 urban chickens.