Blessed Unrest


Jessica Ranville as Lauren, photo by Alan Roche

Oct 9 – Nov 3, 2014

The Interart Theatre
500 West 52nd Street, NYC
(just west of 10th Avenue)

Tickets $18
with no additional fees

Groups of 4 or more are only $14 in advance

Adapted by
Matt Opatrny

From the metaphorical memoir by
Lauren Slater

Directed and choreographed by
Jessica Burr

Lauren is passionately dedicated to the truth, which for her is not the same thing as fact. In Blessed Unrest’s original adaptation of Lauren Slater’s electrifying memoir, we meet her three-headed mother, an obsession-inducing neurosurgeon, a slow-dancing messiah, and one very famous lover. To tell us her tale, Lauren releases her grip on reality, moving past the literal to dig into the deeper, juicier truth that lies beneath.

Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer whose books include Prozac Diary, Welcome To My Country, and Opening Skinner’s Box. She has received numerous awards and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and The Moth. Her mesmerizing novel exposes the power of metaphor in relating a life, and openly questions the reliability of memoir itself by exploring the slippery nature of memory and the trickiness of the mind in perceiving reality.

Rich Brown, Charise Greene, Jessica Ranville, Sonia Villani, and Nathan Richard Wagner

Production Stage Manager
Jaimie Van Dyke

Assistant Director
Lea Antolini

Costume Designer
Summer Lee Jack

Lighting Designer
Jason Jeunnette

Scenic Designer
Neal Wilkinson

Sound Designer
Nicholas Foster

Press Rep
David Gibbs/DARR Publicity

"At its best, independent theater is inventive, emotional, inspiring and has the ability to transform the atmosphere in a room full of people. In the several years I have been attending shows by Blessed Unrest, they have never ceased to amaze."

~ Amber Gallery, NY Theatre Now

Get to Know Blessed Unrest

A video by TDF (Theatre Development Fund)

Teaching Across the Country

This spring Blessed Unrest will teach workshops in physical and devised theatre at Centenary College (NJ), Stephens College (MO), and at Texas Tech’s Wild Wind Performance Lab. This winter Jessica directed Burn, Crave, Hold at Eastern New Mexico University, Matt taught workshops at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (region 7), and we hosted Cyprus Falls High School (TX) for a workshop at our NYC home, the Interart Theatre. We’d love to expand our outreach. If you are interested in hosting us or joining us in New York, contact us at 646-238-0829 or