It’s Body Awareness Week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home.
Play Title: Body Awareness
Author(s): Annie Baker
Publisher: Samuel French Inc.
Publication Date: 2009
Genre: Dramatic Comedy
Primary Discipline: Neuroscience (Asperger’s Syndrome)
Secondary Discipline: Psychology
Source Texts: Unknown
Character Breakdown: 2m, 2f
Joyce, Jared, Phyllis, Frank Bonitatibus
Setting: A kitchen. A bedroom. A blackboard.
Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
Synopsis of Play: It’s Body Awareness Week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home: Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing, even going so far as to contemplate posing for him. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce’s adult son, who may or may not have Asperger syndrome, struggles to express himself physically – with heartbreaking results.
(courtesy of Samuel French Inc. http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/1140/body-awareness)
First Performance Date: May 28, 2008
First Producer: Atlantic Theatre Company
Performance History: Body Awareness by Annie Baker first premiered in New York City at the Atlantic Theater Company from May 28,2008 to June 22,2008. Directed by Karen Kohlhaas, the cast featured JoBeth Williams (Joyce), Mary McCann (Phyllis), Jonathan Clem (Jared) and Peter Friedman (Frank). The play then premiered in Boston at the SpeakEasy Stage Company with Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company, as a part of the “The Shirley, VT Plays” Festival, from October 22, 2010 to November 20, 2010. Directed by Paul Daigneault, with Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco, Costume Design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg, original Music and Sound Design by Nathan Leigh, and Victoria S. Coady as Production Stage Manager. Starring, Paula Plum (Joyce), Adrianne Krstansky (Phyllis), Gregory Pember (Jared) and Richard Snee (Frank). Body Awareness was performed August 25th through September 23, featuring Michael Kramer, Susan Lynskey, Adi Stein and MaryBeth Wise, directed by Eleanor Holdridge. Then from December 2012 to March 2013, the play was performed at the Aurora Theatre, in Berkeley, California. Most recently Body Awareness was performed from October 7, 2016 to November 6, 2016 at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, directed by David Vegh.
Entered By: Fletcher Travelstead and Maggie Garrison
Maggie Garrison is a senior at Christopher Newport University, studying Theater with a concentration in Design and Technology. She is the historian for the honors fraternity Alpha Psi Omega at CNU.
Fletcher Travelstead is a sophomore at Christopher Newport University, studying Theater with a concentration in Acting. He is a member of the honors fraternity Alpha Psi Omega at CNU.