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This show closed on November 3, 2019

About 4.48 Psychosis

Deeply layered, this stream-of-consciousness view into a psychotic mind is both mysterious and crystalline, and explores with raw authenticity the complexities of mental illness. Son of Semele Ensemble’s production of this beautiful and haunting play is a powerful celebration of Kane’s contribution to contemporary, boundary-pushing theater, and an exploration of an often-misunderstood subject.

Sarah Kane is known for her poetic and intense plays which challenge traditional forms. "4.48 Psychosis" was written in the autumn and winter of 1998-99 as Kane herself battled one of her recurrent bouts of depression. It is the last play she wrote before her suicide in 1999. "4.48 Psychosis" appears on the page as a poem, with no prescribed characters, actions or settings. Sarah Kane was a British playwright who studied drama at Bristol University and University of Birmingham. With ferocious poetry and loving abandon, her plays starkly confront death, sex, violence and mental illness. Although she struggled with intense manic depression for many years, she continued to work, serving as writer-in-residence for both Paines Plough and the Royal Court Theatre.

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Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Son of Semele Theater

3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

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