The Unauthorized Occupation of Patty Hearst
CALL ME TANIA:
THE YEAR OF MISSING YOU (Act 2, Scene 10)
Mr. and Mrs. Hearst endure a year-long stretch of aching uncertainty
as Patty completely drops off the radar.
AM I ONLY WHAT I DID TODAY (Act 1, Scene 19)
Patty robs a bank, wielding a military assault-rifle...
...and crosses the point of no return
THE POOR ARE PAWNS AGAIN (Act 1, Scene 10)
As the riot unfolds in slow-motion, a figure steps forward and sings to Mrs. Hearst of class inequality
MY DREAM OF FREEDOM (Act 1, Scene 8)
Patty and Cinque sing a captor/captive duet of their
mutual-yet-contradictory desires for liberation.
IMAGINARY GIRL (Act 2, Scene 17)
While escorted to prison, Patty laments that now she has no identity at all – except the false ones put on her
THE HERO OF OUR OWN LIFE STORY (Act 2, Scene 20)
Released from prison by President Carter’s order, Patty has a life-changing realization of why the jury condemned her – a compassionate awakening to the flaws and frailties of human nature
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST & GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERT ON PTSD
With a career dedicated to the treatment of survivors of complex trauma,
Dr. Harvey L. Schwartz discusses the substance and significance of IMAGINARY GIRL
POST-READING Q&A TALKBACK
Recorded at Nancy Hayes Casting Studio in San Francisco
January 22, 2016
"Aren’t we all fighting a never-ending battle between who we are and who we are not?"
IMAGINARY GIRL: The Unauthorized Occupation of Patty Hearst – book, lyrics & music © 2020 Leonard Dolivio Cetrangolo