It was Charles Bukowski who said, “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” If you count yourself among that lucky-unlucky crowd, here’s your chance — in a new take on live theater.
Asylum, a production from ASU’s Herberger Institute, transforms a Downtown event space into a labyrinth of “micro-environments,” telling its story in schizophrenic-like fragments. Featuring five dancers, four actors and an aerialist, the performance explores the history of women and madness -- from misdiagnosis and the disturbed to confinement and torture. Admittedly, it’s a piece steeped in tales from 19th and 20th centuries and the lack of educated mental care, but its themes of women’s suffering due to sexual persecution, abuse or poverty are equally relevant today.
Immerse yourself in the madness at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22, through Saturday, November 23, at The Icehouse, 429 West Jackson Street. Tickets are $10. Visit www.vesselproject.org/asylum for more.
Thu., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2013