My Name is Walter James Cross by David Laing Dawson
Walter is a man suffering from schizophrenia. After a failed attempt to overdose he finds his way to an empty theater and proceeds to tell and enact his story of illness, hospitalizations, struggles and triumphs. A realistic portrait of schizophrenia but told in a thoroughly engaging manner.Written first as a play for film and broadcast by TVO. Re-imagined with minimal change for a live performance.The playwright is also a psychiatrist and Walter's story is a compilation of many true stories.
Keywords: Schizophrenia, mental illness, homelessness, psychiatry, Hamilton, voices
Run time: 50 minutes
Note: Video versions of two productions available. Very realistic presentation of psychotic illness. No swearing.
Suitable for students 16+
Cast size: 1 actor
Male roles: 1
Casting notes: The part of the Voice can be pre-recorded and modulated as per director's preference. Walter should be about 40 years old.