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The Strange Case of Nick M.

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207
A cocky podcaster unearths a box of old audio tapes belonging to a psychotherapist revealing a risky experiment with an amnesiac patient.

Imago marks their foray into radio drama with The Strange Case of Nick M. by Drew Pisarra.

Purchase a ticket and you will receive a link and password on May 6 so you can listen to this original radio play beginning May 7. Your ticket gives you access to stream the piece anytime from May 7 12pm PT until May 15 12am PT. Only one ticket is required per household. If you have any questions, email us at imagotheatre@gmail.com.

The Strange Case of Nick M. is Imago’s trippy audio journey into the fragmentary world of Nick M. a severe amnesiac. Narrated by a cocky podcaster who has unearthed a box of long-forgotten reel-to-reel tapes belonging to Nick’s lead psychotherapist, the famous (if controversial) Dr. Polina K. Listening to these secretly taped conversations, we witness the ambitious doctor’s dangerous tinkering with Nick’s mind as she struggles to reactivate his frozen memory. Along the way, we hear from Nick himself (the amnesiac pianist), Betty (his wife and primary caretaker), and Liz (their resentful daughter). Yet, while their collective shoot-from-the-hip, ’70s-idealistic approach leads to a temporary improvement in Nick’s condition, the patient ultimately unravels when one risky experiment backfires disastrously. Suddenly, the promising therapy results in a tragedy worse than the one that Nick had been experiencing before he fell under Dr. Polina’s care.

It’s been over a quarter of a century since Imago Theatre’s Artistic Co-Director Jerry Mouawad teamed up with poet-playwright Drew Pisarra on Phoenicians in the House (1994), the company’s epic retelling of the Orpheus myth. Now the two are reuniting for The Strange Case of Nick M. with Pisarra as writer and Mouawad as director. Performers include Imago regulars Sean Doran, Stephanie Woods, and Danny Gray along with Nancy Campbell and Vanessa Hopkins. Myrrh Larsen designs the sound which features pianists Eric Little and Chase Garber. Produced by Carol Triffle.

This production first premiered on KBOO radio 90.7 FM on May 3, 2021 at 10PM. KBOO radio is an Imago sponsoring organization for all our media programming in 2021. This production is made possible by a grant from The Oregon Cultural Trust.


Portland, OR 97207


Imago Theatre