En Garde Arts presents
En Garde Arts, the company that brought BASETRACK Live to Eisenhower Auditorium in 2014, returns to Penn State with a documentary theatre production called WILDERNESS.
The new work is a multimedia piece about people in their teens and twenties grappling with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. When communication with their families has reached an impasse, these young people are sent to wilderness therapy programs. With pathos, humor, and irony, WILDERNESS shares the stories of six families, along with their therapists, on journeys to recovery. Documentary interviews on screens and a beautiful folk score accompany the actor-musicians on stage.
A New York Times critic calls WILDERNESS “a terrific, moving new multimedia theater piece.” A reviewer for The Village Voice describes the show as “a compassionate glimpse at the outer edge of teenage angst.”
WILDERNESS is a collaboration among writer-director Seth Bockley, co-adaptor and director of BASETRACK Live; writer Anne Hamburger; movement directors Devon De Mayo and Patrick McCollum; song composer Kyle Miller; and alternative folk composer Kyle Henderson, frontman of the band Desert Noises.
Hamburger, executive producer of the play, and a local mental health professional will participate in a post-performance discussion with audience members.
This production includes adult language.
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Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown
support provided by
William E. McTurk Endowment
Sidney and Helen S. Friedman Endowment