Stefanie Rossi makes her one-woman show debut at Holden Street Theatre this September with award-winning playwright Wendy Harmer's powerful, funny and inspiring show WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH MARY JANE?. Debuting at the Sydney Theatre Company in 1995, WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH MARY JANE is a both a devastating drama and a sardonic comedy that deals with one woman’s long struggle with eating disorders Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia and is as relevant to audiences today as it was when it was first performed.
Co-written by actor and creative Sancia Robinson, the play charts Sancia's harrowing downward spiral into a mental illness that nearly took her life and gives the audience a keen insight into her journey from a self-destructive pursuit for control and perfection to acceptance and recovery. It is a cautionary tale about a silent but deadly disease that consumes so many in our society and which is not as openly discussed or acknowledged as it should be for the psychological illness that it is. As the play unfolds, we join Sancia on her challenging path and mental illness is given a voice, an explanation and a cure as we are confronted with the question "what is it in this life that sends us quietly mad?" Equally informative as it is heart-wrenching, this is a compelling, moving and pertinent piece of theatre not to be missed!
"What is the matter with Mary Jane? is a beautiful illustration of the power of theatre in changing lives." Stage Whispers
"This one-woman show is a fierce, sardonic, no-holds barred look at the experience of one woman battling with Anorexia and Bulimia." Australian Arts Review
"What Is the Matter with Mary Jane? writer Sancia Robinson finds lightness in the dark - a much loved Australian monologue..." The Music