Shelter X -Redux - Trapper
Part of The Shelter’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration “Shelter X”
Written by Meghan E. Jones
Director: Courtney Wetzel
March 27th, 2019
Gene Frankel Theatre
CAST: Nicole Kang, Alice Kremelberg, John Adams, John DiMino, Bree O’Connor, Kim Rios Lin, Leah N. Raymond
Women hear it all the time. “You’re overreacting.” “Why are you so emotional?” “She’s crazy.” While the diagnosis of “female hysteria” has shrunk from medical lexicons, the gendered myth continues as a pervasive meme in modern American culture. TRAPPER by Meghan E. Jones challenges the notion of “crazy” through the microcosm of Jillian Little. A two-week stay at a New York City mental hospital has provided Jillian a welcome escape from her job writing at the celebrity gossip website Trapper. While in the hospital, she develops a close friendship with her roommate, the troubled starlet Jackie Batiste—who checked into the hospital incognito. In the office of Trapper, it won’t be long before such prime tabloid fodder is sniffed out and Jillian will be faced with some painful choices: loyalty or career, substance or smear. Ultimately, she’ll be forced to choose between sanity and what passes for it in a world where pop scandals and cruel obsessions are the order of the day.