A New Kind of Whole

70 minutes, no intermission.

*still in development* As Lea, a college freshman, navigates the line between what is real and what is a projection of her deteriorating mental health, reality distorts and blurs.

cw: depictions of depression and discussion of suicide
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A New Kind of Whole

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    7 Dec. 2020
    An awesome, exquisitely rendered theatrical portrait of depression, struggles with mental health, recovery, and connection. This piece contains a very human story refracted through the destabilizing and discomfiting lens of depression and anxiety. Zubel incredibly captures that very filter of self-doubt and "paranormality" characteristic of a battle with mental health using lightly absurd and surreal theatricality. I love how it ends messily but hope and images of progress.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    19 Sep. 2018
    Paige Zubel's voice is so vital and the story being told here is one that needs to be told more on our stages. It really embraces the medium of theatre and features really compelling characters that provide quality roles for non-binary artists. I am really excited to see this play develop.

Character Information

  • Actor 1 - Lea
    20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female
  • Actor 2 - Amil; A.
    20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    female / non binary
    Actor 2 is doubled with characters Amil and A. A. is outside the gender binary.
  • Actor 3 - Doctor; Mother; Psychiatrist; Friend; Herbalist
    20s-30s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    female / non binary
    Actor 3 is doubled with all other characters in Lea's life: Doctor, Mother, Psychiatrist, Friend, and Herbalist. These characters can identify as female or non-binary. It is not necessary for Actor 3 and Actor 1 to look like they could be biologically related.

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Philly Fringe
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
,
Play Date Development Lab
,
Theater Oblivion
,
2019