I DECIDED I’M FINE: A ROACH PLAY
When does clutter become a problem, and whose problem does it become?
I Decided I’m Fine: A Roach Play considers hoarding, an American phenomenon which is often stigmatized but rarely discussed. After the sudden death of the their infant child, Ellen and Stephen find themselves faced with the difficult task of moving on from the objects that remind them of the incident. For Ellen, this proves to be too overwhelming of a task, leading to years of compulsive accumulation. Juxtaposed with the play’s realism is a second layer of the play which utilizes clowning, comedy, and a cockroach musical to steer the audience through the many different ways hoarding is perceived and portrayed in society.
I Decided I’m Fine: A Roach Play premiered at Son of Semele Theater in August 2018.
photos by Rachel Rambaldi
Dr. Professor of Hoarding- Brandon Blum
Very Trustworthy Therapist- Julia Finch
Ellen- Veronica Tjioe
Stephen- Tyler Bremer
Goblin King/Karissa- Kat DeVoe-Perterson
Laura/Deborah- Meg Cashel
Paul/Mark- Luke Medina
Shawn- Victoria Ortiz
Xander- Conor Murphy
Director- Rosie Glen-Lambert
Scenic Design- Lex Gernon
Lighting Design- Joey Guthman
Sound Design- Lily Sorenson
Costume and Prop Design- Rebecca Carr
Stage Manager- Amanda Garcia