Serotonin Syndrome Reviews
"Serotonin Syndrome is entertaining, bizarre and beautifully confusing. It has wonderful highs and dark lows with revealing truths…that are at times very personal. Mycah and Genevieve have this magnetic sister-like relationship and they draw you in from the first scene. Quite simply, I loved it!” James O'Malley, Galway Flirt FM Radio
"These are not traditional characters and storylines on display. They are real…Don’t overthink it, just go with it and you’ll find it to be thought provoking and fun.” Drew Dunlap, Galway Fringe Festival Reviewer
"A great example of how good and important devised work can be…a fine piece of theatre that will entertain, delight and surprise you. Well worth a look in!” Kate Costello, Director of Galway Theatre Festival
Serotonin Syndrome was devised and performed by Genevieve Taricco and Mycah Leigh Artis for this year’s Galway and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
The show studies multiple view points on the subjects of mental health from a female perspective through the incorporation of movement, singing, storytelling, and the use of multiple mediums. This two-woman show asks us to analyze our own identities, growth and self-worth. Taricco and Artis bring a youthful exuberance to this quickly paced show that compels you to watch.
Based on the material explored in Part I the work was further expanded through collaboration between Mycah Leigh Artis, Kathryn Reynolds, and Genevieve Taricco. In Part I Genevieve explored how she is bonded to her brother beyond their biology, and how his health is so intricately intertwined in her own. Mycah and Kathryn took this impetus to explore how the health of people in their own lives has affected them personally. Although this was the precipitating idea of the piece the final work presented at the 2012 Galway Fringe Festival was about so much more. Through the involvement of multiple points of view the piece spoke to a grander audience on the topic of mental health from a female perspective and how our identities are composites of others peoples actions and perceptions.
An autobiographical work, the impetus of Part I arose from an incident in which Genevieve's brother suffered from Serotonin Syndrome. Genevieve brought her personal experience as the originating point for her 2011 piece facilitated through a workshop with THEATREclub. Her brother doesn’t have any memory of the three days of his life in which he was suffering from the syndrome, and for that reason she was interested in exploring the idea of constructed memory—how we are a composite of our past experiences. Despite the fact that they were living on different coasts, Genevieve and her brother share the same vital information about those three days of his life. His memory of this occurrence is a product of other people’s retelling of his actions...but how is that different from many of our own experiences?