By Lisa Dillman
The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company
A scholarly young woman confronts her mother’s mental illness and tragic death, and the possible consequences of her own complicated inheritance, in this time-bending play about the elusive nature of madness. THE WALLS takes a look at the effects of mental illness – and the various forms of separation it so often brings with it – on a group of women and their families in three different time periods. The play is an exploration of separation as a physical reality – the high walls of the dreaded asylums of the past – and as a multilayered metaphor – the often impenetrable walls of our own perception, the subjective walls that necessarily divide every human relationship, the walls between the sick and the well, and the lifesaving but potentially soul-deadening walls erected by psychotropic medications.
Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.
Representing writers since 1928.