by Penfold Theatre Company
Mar. 29 - Apr. 05
Penfold Theatre presents Natalie Blackman's Disorder at Ground Floor Theatre March 29 and April 5, 2020.
When Natalie’s dad suffered a psychotic break, he thought he was Jesus and demons told him to kill himself. Natalie feared that talking about it would stigmatize him. It did. She talked anyway. It may have saved his life.
Disorder follows a young woman’s harrowing journey through our fractured mental health system as she tries to save her father after he suffers a psychotic break. Disorderseeks to raise awareness about mental illness and to dismantle the crippling stigma that comes between individuals and the life-saving resources they need.
Disorder runs 75 minutes with no intermission and is followed by a post-show discussion.
Written and performed by Natalie Blackman
Directed by Aaron Sparks | Creative Consultant Duane Boutte
About Natalie Blackman
Natalie is an actor and creator of community-based theatrical experiences for enabling dialogue and social change. Natalie has been seen on stages in New York City and regional stages such as The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Pioneer Theatre Company. Natalie is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Natalie holds an MFA in Civic Engagement and Classical Acting from Illinois State University and a BFA from the University of Utah's Actor Training Program. Natalie is currently on the acting faculty at Texas State University.
Penfold Theatre invites audiences to connect and be inspired through stories crafted by our world-class local artists. 2019-2020 is the company’s twelfth season: Ghost Quartet (October 2019), It’s a Wonderful Life Classic Radiocast (December 2019), Vincent (2020) and The Tempest (June 2020).
March 29 - April 05, 2020
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702