Self Injurious Behavior
by Jessica Cavanaugh
SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR is based on Tallahassee-born playwright Jessica Cavanagh’s own story of loss, love and survival. When severely autistic eleven-year-old Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother, Summer, makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special needs kids. Seeking comfort, she visits her sisters in Portland who desperately and hilariously attempt to distract her with a weekend of escapism at the local renaissance faire.
Plagued by haunting dreams of her son and memories of her marriage, Summer is forced to face the need to let go. Striking a chord across audience demographics thanks to its bittersweet and unique blend of honesty and humor, Jessica Cavanagh has captured, in telling her own story, a voice that speaks to the qualities within us all not only to cope with our own “unimaginables” but to continue to live, making the play more than just a story about autism or motherhood, but one about the resiliency of human nature.
March 6, 2022 at 7pm
1910 Commonwealth Ln, Tallahassee, FL 32303
SUMMER - A woman in her late 30s. A disappointed idealist, grownup nerd, tired, wracked with guilt at the end of every rope.
BENJAMIN - Summer's eleven-year-old son, curious, intelligent, autistic, in pain.
JAKE - Benjamin's father, late 30s. Brooding musician, ambitions, a romantic, thinks and feels deeply. Must play guitar and sing (Actor doubles as Sebastian - Please bring your guitar and be prepared to play)
SAGE - Summer's older sister. A true free spirit, compassionate, carless, the type who never seems to sit on a piece of furniture in the intended way.
HARMONY - Summer's younger sister. A nurturer, needs to be in control, wise beyond her years, sensitive, has a bit of a temper.
LYNN - A social worker, warm empathetic, loves her job, has seen it all. (Actor doubles as Gina)
LIBBY - Jake's new wife, mid-20s. Young for her age in many ways, desperate, no filter, a fighter. (Actor doubles as Ashley)
GINA - Sage's friend, 40s. Outspoken, honest to a fault, a lover of poetry, married lesbians with three kids (Actor doubles as Lynn)
ASHLEY - Sage's friend, 24. Belly-dancing grad student, chic, smart, beautiful (Actor doubles as Libby)
SEBASTIAN - Sage's friend, 30s. Grungy, charming bad boy, plays guitar, a rake with a good heart. (Actor doubles as Jake - Please bring your guitar and be prepared to play)
April 28 - May 1 at Young Actors Theatre