10 Days in a Madhouse
The Wilma Theater
265 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Region: Philadelphia & The Countryside
Hours of operation: 9/21 7:00pm, 9/23 2:00pm, 9/26 7:00pm, 9/28 7:00pm, 9/30 2:00pm
Is she insane? Or just pretending? This psychological drama follows trailblazing reporter Nellie Bly through her internment at Blackwell's Asylum, exposing, as Bly did, notions of madness and societal biases against women. This world premiere from composer Rene Orth and librettist Hannah Moscovitch stars Kiera Duffy (Breaking the Waves) as Nellie, mezzo Raehann Bryce-Davis in her company debut as Lizzie, and baritone Will Liverman as Dr. Blackwell. Daniela Candillari makes her company debut at the podium, and Joanna Settle (Sky on Swings) directs. Designer Andrew Lieberman's set evokes the dark labyrinth of the asylum and Nellie's journey within its walls.