THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
DIRECTED BY EMILY DIX
March 3-18, 2023
Campbell House Museum | 160 Queen St. W, Toronto
An original combination of in-person ambulatory theatre and a digital streaming experience. Based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Kate McArthur* as The Woman
Emily Dix - Writer, Director, Producer
Kate McArthur - Writer & Actor
Bria Cole - Media Producer
Steven Dirckze - Animator
Julia Edda Pape - Assistant Director
Conor Fitzgerald - Producer
Presented by Bygone Theatre in partnership with Campbell House Museum, with thanks to Blackmagic Design, who creates the technology that makes this show possible.
*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy (DOT).
Based on the classic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper follows the story of A Woman who, after showing signs of depression, is subjected to the "rest cure" and pushed into forced isolation by her physician husband. As her long, lonely days stretch on, she becomes increasingly consumed with the sickly yellow wallpaper that covers her bedroom walls, rapidly losing her sense of self and her grasp on reality.
A biting critique on the treatment of women in medicine when it was first published in 1892, the story remains unfortunately relevant today when a staggering 38% of women have reported a mental health decline since the onset of the pandemic, and 40% have said they do not have access to the mental health care they need (BCWHF).
Inspired by the negative impact that COVID-19 has had on those who already suffer from mental illness, this production is set in the historic Campbell House Museum and presents a live performance through artistic use of projections displayed throughout the home. Audience members are invited to wander the house and experience the show from different perspectives as they interact with unique elements found in each room. The order in which they access the rooms, as well as the time spent with various elements will inform their experience of the play, and of The Woman's madness - each audience member will be able to have a unique experience of the story. Additionally, a live-streaming experience will be available for audience members to watch from home.