Spontaneous Combustion: A note from the director

Reflections from the Guardians

Whatever it is that brought you here, you are here. 

As you sit down for this performance, you enter a community of people gathered together for a purpose. Whether you like it or not, you will encounter and witness how mental illness effects the lives of everyday people. You will see ups and downs, struggles and triumphs. You become a witness to the journey. 

Here is my ask: Please enter the space with an open mind and heart. Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel. And acknowledge that these issues and topics presented are real, not just a part of a theatrical performance. I hope that being here, experiencing this community, encourages you to have difficult conversations and enables you to acknowledge these issues outside of the space. The purpose for this gathering is a lot bigger than just the audience, the actors, the set or the lights. These words, spoken out loud, are people sharing their story. All that happens here is to serve to their stories, the emotions, the experiences. As a result, there will not be a traditional curtain call. 

Although we hope that you appreciate the hard work of all those involved, the vulnerability of the actors, the mood created by the lights, the environment presented with the set, these elements are all in service to something bigger. 

Enjoy the show, but also, think, feel, learn, and speak up. 

— Sarah Catcher, Director

Spontaneous Combustion 2018