Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College presents the world premiere of “Immobile”, by Brittany Worthington K’13, as part of the annual Senior Performance Series April 28 through May 1.
Worthington originally wrote Immobile for her playwriting class in her senior year. While it was chosen for a showcase reading in the Student Playwrights Staged Reading Series at Kalamazoo College in 2014, and then featured in Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival that same year, this is the first completely staged full production. Says Worthington of her play, “I wanted to explore this idea of ‘selflessness,’ of putting others before yourself. What I found while writing ‘Immobile’ is that every relationship in life forces us to make sacrifices but also provides unique gains. So how do we reconcile those relationships that come into conflict with each other? If you’re a different person depending on the relationship you’re in, is one identity more authentic than another? In order to have a full sense of self, must we in fact be ‘selfless,’ and give up something we love or should we strive to ‘have it all,’ despite the pain it may cause others?”
In Immobile, Megan’s husband Alexander (Kyle Lampar K’17) a quadriplegic as a result an auto accident. Though he loves Megan (Emma Franzel K’17) who is also his primary caregiver, Alexander encourages her to start a new chapter—with a new man, Caleb (Sean BogueK ’18)—thereby challenging each of them to reexamine what being mobile—both physically and emotionally—really means. Director Maddie Grau K’16 invites the audience to consider the question as well.
“These three characters are on the path of realizing their able-bodied privilege, and the loss of that privilege,” explains Grau. “Megan struggles to find happiness once Alexander asks her to prioritize herself in a world that tells her to put him first. The unconventional relationships that develop in the wake of his decision are unchartered territory that Worthington explores through moments of unforgiving humor and emotional uncertainty.”
The play opens in The Dungeon Theatre located at 139 Thompson Street, Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m., runs Friday and Saturday, April 29-30 at 8 p.m., with a final performance on Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. All students, faculty/staff members of Kalamazoo College are invited to attend the performances at no charge. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to performance. To make reservations, please call 269.337.7333 or for more information, please visit www.kzoo.edu/festivalplayhouse.
The performance features Connor Wheaton’16, scenic designer; Stina Taylor’18 lighting designer; Esprit Autenreith ’16, sound designer.