World Premiere of The Pill Begins Performances at La MaMa
Randolph Curtis Rand directs this family memoir, conceived by Marla Mase.
In The Pill, conceived by Marla Mase and written by the Family, Sylvia accidentally takes her anorexic daughter's antidepressant, and pandemonium ensues. What follows is a story about the cataclysms of depression, fear, and anxiety, and their dynamic intersections with eating disorder and suicidal ideation.
"Like Sylvia, I made the mistake of accidentally taking my daughter's medication," says Mase. "I freaked out. I had these irrational fears about medications – not for other people but for myself – so when I realized what I had done, I screamed and begged my daughter to help me throw it up...Here I am begging my anorexic/bulimic daughter to show me how to throw up. I told my kids, 'This is going into a play one day.' "
Featured in the cast are Zoe Wilson, Winsome Brown, Joshua Turchin, Roger Rathburn, Graham Stevens, Adam Patterson, and Marina Re. Randolph Curtis Rand directs.