The Lewis Center for the Arts will present Momentum, a senior thesis theater project created and directed by Alison Goldblatt. Performances will be held on May 10 at 8:00 p.m., May 11 at 7 and 10 p.m., and May 12 at 12:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public.
“Momentum explores the condition of a mind suffering from depression by conceiving of the mind as its own character interacting with the world,” explains Goldblatt. “In most plays that deal with depression, access to characters’ mental states are usually limited to their interactions with others or direct statements made to the audience. Momentum seeks to look directly at the climate of a mind struggling to move through the course of a day.”
Using theatrical elements such as live music, lighting and video projection, the performance is intended to convey the essence of “broken momentum,” hence the production’s title. Themes explored in the piece include the fleeting nature of the mind’s wanderings, as well as isolation and the sense of being trapped. The show makes a point of highlighting the centrality of reflection during depression and the mind’s desire to escape from a supposed entrapment.
Goldblatt is a senior in the Department of Psychology and is pursuing a certificate in the Program in Theatre.
“Momentum is an important project to me,” notes Goldblatt, “because of my own personal experience with depression, as well as its connection to my psychology degree and my intended career in clinical psychology.” Her senior thesis for the Psychology Department explored the effects of emotionally-valenced language on visual perception. She adds, “It is exciting for me to explore emotion’s effect on the mind in a creative capacity as well.”