Monday, April 16, 2007

Psyches Analyzed in WC Drama Department's Psychopathia Sexualis, April 20, 21

Chestertown, MD, April 16, 2007 — Washington College's Drama Department will presentPsychopathia Sexualis, a senior thesis directed by Eric Schiffer, written by John Patrick Shanley, on Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, at 4 p.m., in the basement of the College's Reid Hall.

Packed with punchy dialogue and twists of plot, the play explores the psyche of Arthur, an obscure painter with a rather odd fetish; he must have his father's old argyle socks around him or he cannot make love. Coached by his psychiatrist Dr. Block, Arthur tries to overcome his obsession before his wedding to Lucille, a witty, Texan belle, but, to Arthur's shock, his psychoanalyst steals the socks just days before the big event.

Beneath the humor and fun, Psychopathia Sexualis raises issues about love, friendship, and the help or harm of psychiatry. "I chose this play because it shows that everyone has some type of neurosis," says Director Eric Schiffer, "but it doesn't mean that things can't be worked out. It's a play about real issues, and I've loved seeing it evolve."

Psychopathia Sexualis stars freshman Lauren Guy, junior Kwadwo Frimpong, freshman Tony Reisinger, senior Bob Jones, and Laura O Sullivan. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For show information, call 410-778-7835 or e-mail

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