Play by Play, Stage East’s theater appreciation course, will resume on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 pm with a reading of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis. 

The course, which focuses on the Theatre of the Absurd, has covered the works of famed playwrights Samuel Beckett, Eugéne Ionesco, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard. Now, the focus will shift to a more recent and diverse set of writers beginning with Kane. 

4.48 Psychosis is a rumination on clinical depression, love, and suicide. Kane herself died by suicide at the age of 28 before the play received its premiere production at the Royal Court theatre. Kane was a prominent figure of the In-Yer-Face theatre movement in Britain in the 1990’s and her plays often include graphic portrayals of violent acts. Despite the grotesque stage images her work conjures, she always insisted her plays were hopeful, saying: “To create something beautiful about despair is to me the most life-affirming thing a person can do.” 

Sarah Kane

The course is still open for enrollment. Interested parties can email for more information, or find the season schedule here.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, know you are not alone and help is available. Please consider some of the resources below: 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of more than 150 local crisis centers. It offers free and confidential emotional support around the clock to those experiencing a suicidal crisis.

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Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line is a free text messaging resource offering 24/7 support to anyone in crisis. Since August 2013, more than 79 million text messages have been exchanged.

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