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Sleep Deprivation Chamber

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The newest play--and first collaboration--by renowned playwright Adrienne Kennedy.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Theatre Communications Group
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Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't know what to think of this.....

It's quite a harrowing play about police brutality in Arlington, against a young man who was stopped because of a broken backlight and beaten.

I've given it a three because it got a little confusing. I think it would be better listening or watching this one. It just seemed a little all over the place for me.

Amazing content and heartbreaking for what I did understand. Id love to see it live.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
I’m intrigued by Sleep Deprivation Chamber’s continuous intertwining with Hamlet because even as Hamlet is a play about guilt and abused power, it is also a play about uncertainty. In Hamlet it is not as clear as it would seem that Hamlet is justified in seeking revenge, or that the story the Ghost tells (i.e., the Ghost’s testimony) is reliable. We do know that Claudius murdered Old Hamlet for the crown and for Gertrude—Claudius admits as much in III.iii—but it is not clear that the murder occu ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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It hurts the soul how of-the-moment "Sleep Deprivation Chamber" feels considering Adrienne Kennedy wrote this play with her son 20 years ago but this nightmarish drama (based on the younger Kennedy's assault by and persecution from the police, who'd ostensibly pulled him over for a broken taillight) manifests the unending racist insanity that continues to plague our country. Alternating between the surreal and the all-too-real, "SDP" conveys both inner and outer realities; each side is equally t ...more
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