by Brian C. Petti
Banshee follows Jerry Sullivan (Junior) as he tries to reestablish himself after time spent in a psychiatric hospital. Despite his domineering Irish-born mother Kit, Junior’s policeman brother Neil sets him up with a new job and eventually with a new girlfriend. Kit, however, is convinced the newcomer is a “banshee”, the mystical wailing Irish creature that foretells imminent death. Junior tries desperately to cling to his sanity while he questions his mother’s motives, his new relationship and the possibility of truth behind the myth. Banshee is part psychological thriller, part family drama/ comedy and part ghost story. With humor and pathos, the play explores the nature of familial relationships and the struggle to overcome one’s personal demons.
Cast Size:2M 2W
Running Time: 2 hrs
Royalty: $60 per performance
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My favorite aspect of Banshee is that even though it easily comes of as a spooky, supernatural piece, it really is about mental health and all of the insecurities that come with having mental health issues. We get to see a character that has started to come back from a breakdown and starts to build himself back up only to once again find that journey endangered by family history and power struggles. Far more in the piece than one sees at first glance.
This play is excellent writing and really scary. Great characters that an audience can relate with while also fearing what is to coming. Totally holds your interest and attention.