About This Show
Tuesday, September 19
Relying on personal experiences, Matt Bodett offers this performance as a way of considering aspects of mental illness and, more specifically, schizophrenia. Careening through different symptoms, audience members are asked to confront themselves as much as they confront the nature of schizophrenia and the task of understanding the complex nature of a misunderstood illness. Although an abstract illness, Bodett attempts to humanize schizophrenia and some of its associated symptoms. Hallucinations, affective flattening, isolation, and alogia are all presented in a deeply stirring short form play.
Bodett, diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2005, has sought to understand his illness and its relation to social constructs. Acting as an advocate for the mentally ill he has continually sought to utilize his artistic practice to create new and engaging dialogue. This play is one part of a larger residency project supported by Bodies of Work and 3Arts. Twelve: a series of performative koans consists of twelve performance art projects that will take place during the months of September and October of 2017.
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