Wash Your Brain Inside a Broken Bone Bathtub

Actor Siobhan O’Loughlin’s one-woman immersive theater project “Broken Bone Bathtub” began its global journey in Tokyo in 2015, and is coming to East Hampton Sept. 12 through 22, where intimate audiences of 10 will gather at Guild Hall and walk to a nearby performance site in a bathtub in an actual home.

 In the bathtub, after a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity, vulnerability, and connection. 

The audience takes on the role of Siobhan’s close friends; not only in listening but sharing in their experiences, and assisting the artist in the actual ritual of taking a bath.  

According to St. Louis Magazine, “Broken Bone Bathtub uses cleansing as a metaphor, invites healing both physical and emotional, and does so with an insistence that hugs you like warm bath water.”

The Houston Chronicle says “Broken Bone Bathtub” offers ticket buyers what “The Avengers” doesn’t — a formalized, unique setting to socialize outside of your comfort zone. It doesn’t just “feel” like an intimate conversation among strangers about deep subjects. It is one.

Siobhan O’Loughlin is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer, activist, and award-winning playwright who tours her solo work internationally. She is a Moth Story Slam Champion, a trained Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a New York Innovative Theatre Award winner, and a grant recipient of the Network of Ensemble Theatres.

Ms. O’Loughlin has also spent the past seven years in New York puppeteering, playing the ukulele, hosting monthly performance art potpourris, and educating youth in creative arts.

Solo performance is Siobhan’s main vessel of creative work. She has three full-length solo shows, The Rope in Your Hands, Natural Novice, and Broken Bone Bathtub,  all of which have toured nationally across the USA, and globally throughout the UK, Ireland, Japan and the Philippines.

Performances in East Hampton will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the 7 p.m. show on Fridays and Saturdays and $30 for all other shows. More details are online at brokenbonebathtub.com.

Tickets may be purchased at the Guild Hall Box Office at 631.324.4050 or Theatermania.com at 1.866.811.4111 or online at guildhall.org. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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