By Callen Harty
Directed by Callen Harty
“Invisible Boy”, written and directed by Broom Street Theater Artistic Director Callen Harty, is a new play about surviving childhood sexual abuse. Using narrative and poetry, the play traverses across time and memory as Jason works to fuse together the broken pieces of his past to become a survivor instead of a victim. According to Harty the play is autobiographical in nature, based on his own experiences growing up in southwestern Wisconsin. Harty, who has written and directed more than twenty full-length plays, said, “It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever written, but in the end it was worth it. It was healing for me and for some of the cast members and hopefully some of our audience as well.” He said he hopes the play brings a greater understanding to an issue that is not often discussed, particularly in theatrical form.
This project is supported by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission. Broom Street Theater received a $1,000 grant from them for this work. In addition, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA), the Rape Crisis Center, and individuals from Men Stopping Rape will provide trained counselors and resources at the performances, as well as assist with talkbacks after the Sunday performances.
“Invisible Boy” runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 24 through October 31, 2010 at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street in Madison. Curtain is 8:00 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances. Sunday’s curtain is 2:00 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes prior to performance time. To claim reservations you must be present at the theater at least 10 minutes prior to curtain. Reserved seats will not be held after 7:50 p.m. on Friday or Saturday or 1:50 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $9.00 on the weekend nights and $6.00 for the Sunday matinees. Individual show tickets are available at the door and Broom Street ticket packages are available online at the theater’s website. Due to the nature of the subject matter the play is recommended for mature audiences. For more information or to make reservations call 608-244-8338 or visit the website at www.broomstreet.org.
Produced by Broom Street Theater at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison
Performances: September 24 - October 31, 2010
Performance Times: Friday/Saturday @ 8:00 p.m., Sunday @ 2:00 p.m., with talkbacks after the Sunday performances.
Ticket Prices: $9.00 Fri/Sat, $6.00 Sun.
Call 608-244-8338 for reservations or more information.