Psychic Radio Star

Premiered November 3-6 2016 OtB Mainstage

 

As I have grown up, my mother wants to hear about my life as an artist, and upon hearing, her reply has become, “I’m famous too, I’m a Psychic Radio Star”. For eleven years I have been creating gifts of performance for my schizophrenic mother. Through this performance I want to imagine who the Psychic Radio Star is. The self given title is so evocative I can’t help but think of images of: unfathomable universal forces, mythology of the galaxy, ancient cave paintings, neon fish, and the dark shadowy depths of the sea. These images evoke memories of growing up with my mother: her sensibilities and joys; her hobbies and eccentricities; and her complicated, beautiful mind as it slips, piece by piece, into unbalance.

Through this work I feel that I am able to provide a voice for my Psychic Radio Star mother, while encouraging a healing and constructive conversation around the failed mental health care system in America. A major goal of this work is to engage with community/organizations through the idea of art as therapy. In the hopes of creating a safe place for anyone to talk freely about their own experiences with mental health.  As I continue to explore my mother’s story – I also tell my own. Support this work

 

Photo credit: Jeff Gardiner

Watch the TRAILER for Psychic Radio Star.

 

Photo credit: Jeff Gardiner

Psychic Radio Star Press:

 

OtB Writing Corp Profile by Michelle Penaloza.

 

Seattle Magazine Preview by Jim Demetre.

 

Seattle Times Preview by Brendan Kiley.

 

Psychic Radio Star Reviews:

 

Natalie Singer-Velush Review OtB Blog.

 

NKO Rey Review OtB Blog.

 

A huge thank you to an amazing group of Collaborators! 

Jen Zeyl, Danielle Blackwell, Paurl Walsh, Leo Mayberry, Jessica Trundy, Weirdo, Steve Carlino, Adam Michard, Anthony Rigano, Anthony Jepson, Kyle Loven, Erik Andor, Tim Stackpole, Lily Raabe, Kaleb Kerr, Benjamin Maestas, Larry Browning, Lia Surprenant, Anne Marie Minnick, Brandon Estrella, Matt Sherrill, Equinox Studio’s, Pol Rosenthal, and NKO Rey.

 

Ezra Dickinson is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, and Production Residency Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. If you would like to find out about presenting Psychic Radios Star with NDP touring support follow this link NEFA.

 

Photo credit: Jeff Gardiner

Psychic Radio Star is commissioned and supported through the OtB Performance Production Program, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, The Artist Trust GAP grant, and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

General Operating support is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 

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