Written by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
Directed by Jeff Dintaman
Center for the Arts: Studio II
January 26, 2016
The Man Who is a theatre production based on Oliver Sacks’s non-fiction book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales. In his book, Sacks invites the reader to learn about real people with rare and bizarre mental illnesses. He presents individual cases which show the complexity of humanity where each person carries a story that lies deep beneath the surface. Sacks writes of these people who live in a stigmatizing world, but who contain resilient spirit and lead courageous lives.
We, as a cast, worked to capture the essence of these people as Sacks portrayed them. In doing so, we gained understanding and respect for these real patients as we climbed into their stories. We believe a person is a person and is not defined by a mental illness. The Man Who is a play about people, a play about lifelong learning, and a play which effectively captures a world within our world.