Since its conception, 5th Wall Productions has had a commitment to the development and production of new plays, as well as the presentation of socially-relevant works. For Piccolo Spoleto 2018, we intend to push both of those goals even further with Crazy Bitch, a completely original ensemble-devised piece based upon the true first-hand accounts of women incarcerated in asylums during the 19th and 20th centuries.
An unofficial motto of 5th Wall has always been, “Those who tell the stories rule the world.” At this moment of reckoning, when so many women’s previously ignored voices are finally being heard and believed, we want to return that storytelling power to these women, whose accounts have lived largely in the shadows.
Some of these women did struggle with mental illness, though it’s questionable whether the “care” they received while institutionalized actually did more harm than good. Many, however, were simply unruly–unwilling or unable to fit into the narrow mold society deemed acceptable for them. By using their own words as the basis for our devising work, our hope is to let them speak for themselves, while also using the power of original additional text, movement, music, and performance to highlight the broader implications of their stories as relates to the ways that “crazy” has always–and continues to be–a term used to dismiss and disbelieve women.
See what the press has to say about this original and timely production:
Preview, The Post and Courier: 5th Wall’s Blair Cadden gives ‘crazy’ a new meaning in Piccolo production
Preview, Charleston City Paper: 5th Wall’s original, collaborative production Crazy Bitch brings female voices to the fore
Review, Charleston City Paper: 5th Wall Theater tackles sensitive topics with grace in Crazy Bitch
May 25 at 7:30 pm
May 27 at 6:00 pm
June 2 at 6:00 pm
June 8 at 9:00 pm
June 9 at 3:00 pm
*all performances at Threshold Repertory Theatre (84 Society Street)
The Devising Ensemble:
The Creative Team
Blair Cadden (director/writer)
April Bandy-Taylor (poet/writer)