Full-length drama | 4W, 2M
Simone Breaker was in control. As a Special Agent and Forensic Scientist with the FBI, she led teams around the world to process countless major crime scenes. She apprehended fugitives and investigated murders. She collected evidence on 9/11. Now, at age 57, Simone is retiring to a promising new chapter at home with her husband and daughter. But will the tranquility of her new life be haunted by memories from her past? Will she be strong enough to maintain control? Inspired by true events, Breaker uses movement and visual spectacle to explore the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Devised with the 2018 acting ensemble: Brian Boller, Jackie Bowes, RjW Mays, Errol McLendon, Priya Mohanty, and Kaileigh JaKirra Robinson
Devising Workshop | Prop Thtr | Chicago, 2018
Workshop Production | Produced by Jamie Olah | Partially supported by an IAP Grant from DCASE | Chicago, 2018
The workshop production of Breaker was accompanied by panel discussions on PTSD that featured Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Virginia Lawton Boller, Shahna M. Richman, Tracey Riley, and Tawny Spinelli.
For three months, journalist Aliza Feder followed Jamie Olah as she worked to write, direct, and produce Breaker. The article provides a bird's eye view of the show's devising process.