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Development

A Drama that plumbs the depths of human minds and hearts

 

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Development, which is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, March 1through March 10, 2013.

 

Development was written by Warren Doody, a Vanguard University English professor whose courses include playwriting, screenwriting and Shakespeare. In describing the genesis of this project, he says, “In the spring of 2009, Susan Berkompas, Chair of the Theatre Arts Department, asked me to write a play about mental illness. In our preliminary discussions, she suggested that the script be focused on a family, rightly contending that a ‘disease of the mind’ carries consequences for every one of its members; however, given the stigmas attached, it’s an issue that is often swept under the proverbial rug and hidden from public view. Development is the result of those early talks: a contemporary drama, steeped in the tenets of Greek tragedy, designed to enlighten and educate and hold a mirror up to the shadowy world of mental illness.

 

The story of Development draws audiences into an isolated medical clinic in the Mojave Desert, where a dying man is visited by the two sons he abandoned, twenty years earlier. This reunion proves more Pandora’s Box, than reconciliation, releasing a lineage of madness and mayhem, with only the slimmest chance at redemption. Through the lens of theatre, Development reveals the nature and tragedy of schizophrenia, its secrets and symptoms, and the potentially healing powers of family.

 

Performance dates and times are March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8:00 pm; and March 2, 9 and 10 at 2:00 pm.

 

All shows are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, children, groups and college students. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.