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Approximate Running Time: 1 hour
Synopsis: How do we lose ourselves? And how do we find ourselves again, once we’ve been lost? That is the struggle Jasmine faces.
Aided by her fracturing subconscious, Jasmine, (a woman who has lost interest in every aspect of her life), struggles to regain her identity by acknowledging her long repressed fears and denied passions. Archetypes from her psyche manifest to guide and protect her during her spirit’s reawakening. Lochran’s unconditional love supports her, reminding her to love and respect herself while opening the way for Teacher to show her how to regain and hone the skills she abandoned and allowed to fade. This internal schooling is overseen by Gatekeeper, who knows instinctually when Jasmine is ready to face Crying Woman, the powerful, (and for Jasmine, terrifying), embodiment of all the unacknowledged fears and insecurities holding Jasmine back.
Shatter is a visual explosion, a portrait of a psychological shift, and a study of the fears and invisible chains with which we bind ourselves.
More importantly, it’s a call to live.
Cast of Characters:
Update, 6/15/2014: Reflections is now titled Shatter
Progress Update, 5/13/2014: Reflections is Complete!
Lighting became extremely important as this play progressed. It’s another character, effectively, and very tightly linked to Jasmine, as is the set itself. I’m excited to see how designers tackle the challenge. This play is basically one giant, psychological space.
Unlike ‘A Dragon is Coming!’ which poured forth spontaneously in a torrent of words, this play was peeping at me from behind doors and peering thru windows, flirting with my perceptions as I walked thru rooms. Elusive… But I captured it. It’s rich with imagery in glass and mirrors… And it was asking to be told, but not demanding.