When the Bough Breaks


Not My Child
This theatrical event was conceived and directed by Lawrence Sacharow, who in 1968 created "The Concept," a play performed by ex-addicts from Daytop Village, the drug treatment and prevention program founded in New York 28 yearsago. In his review of "When the Bough Breaks," Mel Gussow of The New York Times wrote that "it is impossible not to be touched by these memories as the characters lead us through the often contradictory impulses in broken family lives."

Like "The Concept," which was revived in 1986, Mr. Sacharow's new project has been called psychodrama. "But psychodrama is a one-time role-playing technique," he said. "In this production, we're taking real experiences and refining them and scripting them, then rehearsing them and performing them. This is really performance art, only instead of having one person, you have eight." Changing Family Patterns

The parents' tape-recorded narratives were arranged into a script by Darrah Cloud, whose plays include "The Stick Wife," which opened Thursday at the Manhattan Theater Club Stage II, "The House Across the Street," "The Obscene Bird of Night" and a theatrical adaptation of Willa Cather's "O Pioneers."

-- "Addicts' Parents Live the Pain on Stage," Glenn Collins, New York Times, May 11, 1991