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CCRI Players, Seed & Ivy Theatre Present ‘Bedtime Stories’

[CREDIT: CCRI] Kerstyn Desjardin, who performed in CCRI Summer Rep's "Macbeth" last summer, plays Marina, the lead character in "Bedtime Stories," which will be staged at CCRI's Knight Campus this week.
[CREDIT: CCRI] Kerstyn Desjardin, who performed in CCRI Summer Rep's "Macbeth" last summer, plays Marina, the lead character in "Bedtime Stories," which will be staged at CCRI's Knight Campus this week.
[CREDIT: CCRI] Kerstyn Desjardin, who performed in CCRI Summer Rep’s “Macbeth” last summer, plays Marina, the lead character in “Bedtime Stories,” which will be staged at CCRI’s Knight Campus this week.

WARWICK — The CommunityCollege of Rhode Island Players and Seed & Ivy Theatre Co. collaborate tobring “Bedtime Stories” this Thursday thru Saturday at the Knight Campus, about

a woman plagued by depression finding her true self.

The play follows the life ofMarina and the most significant people in her life: her mother, oblivious toMarina’s depression; her babysitter Sean, who sexually assaults her when she is9 and again as an adult; her best friend Hazel, who is caught up in her ownworld; and two different boyfriends, Jessie and Rudy, one who can’t stand hertendencies and the other who misinterprets her.

Associate Professor TedClement said “Bedtime Stories” cast member Kerstyn Desjardin, who performed inCCRI Summer Rep’s “Macbeth” as the Mother Witch, introduced the project to theCCRI Players club, which sometimes hosts guest artists and staged readings.

Annin said the actors playingthe ensemble characters double as a Greek Chorus of Marina’s thoughts, working

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with her and against her.

“They take on a life of theirown during short scenes when they remind Marina of the depression and anxietyliving within her, often with personification,” she said. “Audience members mayfeel uncomfortable when they realize the Chorus is driving Marina toward self-harmand suicidal thoughts, steering her back and forth between melancholia andmania.”

Director and playwrightRhiannon Lynn Annin, artistic director of Seed & Ivy Theatre Co., teachestheater at the Artists’ Exchange in Cranston and runs theater programs atseveral schools and after-school programs.

Associate Professor TedClement said “Bedtime Stories” cast member Kerstyn Desjardin, who performed inCCRI Summer Rep’s “Macbeth” as the Mother Witch, introduced the project to theCCRI Players club, which sometimes hosts guest artists and staged readings.

“The Players officers wereenthusiastic about this project, as it speaks to issues they feel stronglyabout, including sexual misconduct, assault and suicide,” he said. He said the

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cast features a variety of local actors including CCRI theater alumnus BobMacaux.

Desjardin, who plays Marina,auditioned for her first community theatre production on a whim in 2014 and hasbeen acting ever since. She works as a middle school librarian at a charterschool in Providence.

The show is being produced inassociation with the CCRI Office of Student Life, and the CCRI Office ofInstitutional Equity is supporting the event with informational tables aboutthe themes in the play.