Jump Ⓒ 2013
An autobiographical solo performance piece about mental illness.
Directed by Michael Lewis
“Nena is always fun, donning so many characters like one wears a blue or red sock: her employer, her dad, the cool guy who monitors the halls of the art school in New York she escapes from home to attend, not to mention her intimate relationship with this alter-self called Susan, who seems really intent on pushing Nena off tall buildings from bridges, into anything remotely disastrous and deadly. ‘Jump!’ Susan tells Nena. ‘Jump!’ If you ever wondered what it means to be psychically split, look no further, Nena conveys this dilemma very well and thank heaven survives to tell us about it.” – Wanda Sabir, SF Bayview (2001)
Voice Coach, Lee Strawn. Acting Coach, Luis Oropeza. This play was workshopped at Venue 9 and The Marsh in San Francisco.
“Jump” toured the western United States, including Consolidated Works and the Midnight Sun in Washington State, Exit Cafe and Trade City in California, Commerce Street Warehouse in Houston, and the University of Nebraska. “Jump” received a critic’s choice in The Stranger (http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=7390&mode=print). The interpreters at this performance, wonderfully gifted Nancy Brt and Carla Engstrom, were required under Nebraska law in order for the performance to be accessible to hearing impaired mental health clients; it was an amazing experience for which I will always be grateful.
“Jump” is the intellectual property of its author, Nena St. Louis. The rights to “Jump” belong to Nena St. Louis, her heirs, & assigns.