A Therapy Session with Myself @krainetheatre

“…a glimpse of what life can be like when we let our phobias get the best of us.” 
-Opplaud NY

-Arts Independent

After a successful premiere at the New York Theatre Festival’s 2019 NYWinterfest this past January, A Therapy Session with Myself – Anthony J. Piccione’s controversial, semi-autobiographical drama about living with mental illness and autism – returns this May for an open-ended run of monthly afternoon performances at the Kraine Theater.

Tickets are on-sale now for performances from May to November 2019, with additional performance dates to be announced in the coming months.
Tickets – $25

The Kraine Theater
85 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues (Bowery)
First Floor, no wheelchair access

Performance dates
May 18th – 2pm
June 15th – 2pm
July 20th – 2pm
August 17th – 2pm
September 21st – 2pm
October 19th – 2pm
November 16th – 2pm

A Therapy Session with Myself tells the story of Alex Grayson, a young college student and aspiring writer suffering from severe social anxiety, depression and Asperger’s syndrome. During the summer before his senior year, he receives a mysterious visit from “himself”, a human incarnation of his inner consciousness . As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality quirks, as well as some of the darkest and most painful memories of his adolescence, while also pondering the question of whether or not he can overcome his many inner demons, and ultimately build a brighter future for himself.

Mr. Piccione described his inspiration for the play in an interview with Five-Star Arts Journals last December. “[It’s] a semi-autobiographical play that’s mainly inspired by real-life events that occurred from my first year of high school up to my last year of college, [and] I’d say the actual story itself is about 80 to 90 percent the truth, with only some minor changes,” according to Piccione, who went on to say that “[w]hen people come see the show, it’ll likely feel more like a stream of consciousness, rather than a traditional story with a beginning, middle, and end, so I imagine it’ll raise at least as many questions as answers. But still, my hope for this play is that it leaves people thinking about issues of social anxiety, depression, and Asperger’s syndrome [in] a different way than perhaps they used to.” 

Returning to helm the play is award-winning director Holly Payne-Strange, who last year was named Best Director for her work on Opposites and Contradictions at the NYC Theatre Festival and Showcase at Theatre 80. St Marks, while acclaimed actor/director/songwriter Andres Gallardo Bustillo returns as assistant director.

The production stars Nick Roy as Alex; Shane Zimmerman as “you”, the human incarnation of Alex’s inner consciousness; and Nathan Cusson as “me”, Alex’s younger self who appears in flashbacks. The cast is rounded out by Emma Romeo (Kelly), Louise Heller (Kate/Ms. Appleton/Beth), Tony Bozanich (Ray/Professor Collins), Travis artin (Henry/Ensemble), Alexander Pepper (Tim/Ensemble), Nick Capriotti (Philip/Ensemble), Rosie Coursey (Ensemble) and Lizzy Moreno (Ensemble).

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