DON’T FEEL: The Death of Dahmer – As part of Z Below’s Murmuration Series

DON’T FEEL: The Death of Dahmer

Written and performed by Evan Johnson

DON’T FEEL: The Death Of Dahmer takes place within Jeffrey Dahmer’s final moments of brain activity, a unique setting that confronts the viewer with a multitude of questions: What happened to the soul of “born-again” Jeffrey Dahmer once his fellow inmate (nicknamed “Christ”) struck him dead? Should we place Jeffrey Dahmer in the queer continuum? Is abnormal sexuality a choice? Who is to blame for compulsive behavior?…Johnson plays a plethora of characters both real and imagined, creating a disturbing world in which Dahmer, as a troubled queer man, wrestles with his mortality and the fate of his soul.

Written and Performed by Evan Johnson | Directed by Ben Randle | Originally Developed with Eric Wilcox | Light Design by Wolfgang Wachalovsky | Sound Design by Sean Malroy | Video Design by Zack Kasten | Production design by Ernesto Sopprani

5 shows only.

Wednesday, February 22nd @ 7:00 PM
Friday, February 24th @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 26th @ 6:00 PM
Saturday, March 4th @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 12th @ 6:00 PM

TALK BACK

After February 24th Show – The Psychology of Dahmer

On Friday, February 24th, Dr. Kellie Rollins and Dr. Kaela Joseph, clinical psychologists, join actor/creator Evan Johnson after the show for a talkback. They will discuss Jeffrey Dahmer’s case from a psychological and queer identity perspective. Mr. Dahmer invited assessment of his psychological profile shortly after his conviction in order to allow professionals to better identify people who may have a similar make-up and potential for committing heinous crimes in the spirit of prevention. The presentation will include results of his MMPI personality profile assessed right before his death in prison as well as discussion of his possible internalized homophobia. What psychological determinants drove Mr. Dahmer to kill and mutilate? What role did his sexuality, family structure, trauma, and characterological organization play in his virtually lifelong fascination and draw to killing and cannibalizing his 17 victims?

Z Space is bringing together a chorus of diverse voices in a series of solo performances. Featuring six artists over the course of five weeks, these individual voices come together to reflect a common solidarity, telling their stories in spectacular, singular ways.

Sometimes serious, sometimes humorous; sometimes quiet, sometimes loud; sometimes profound, sometimes profane—these six different voices reflect how we see ourselves.

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Starlings pay attention to a fixed number of their immediate neighbors in a flock—seven, to be exact. Despite this focus, a flock of thousands of birds moves together in a coordinated harmony. Though this may seem contradictory, when uncertainty in sensing is present, interacting with six or seven neighbors optimizes the balance between group cohesiveness and individual birds’ ability to manage uncertainty, while also maintaining consensus. The unique and beautiful pattern that emerges from these interactions is called a murmuration.