Madison play explores complexities of PTSD


MADISON – No matter how many times we tell ourselves that we’re OK, the real truth may be harder to realize. That’s the theme swirling in the play, “Learning to Stay.”

Making its world premier at the Overture Center Playhouse, commissioned by the Forward Theater Co., through April 9, “Learning to Stay,” gives viewers a take on military life, marriage and the lies we tell when facing difficult circumstances.

The play by James DeVita  adapted from the novel by Erin Celello, “Learning to Stay” explores many facets of human behavior, with interesting layers fused between.

James DeVita. calls the play, “a focused, forceful drama with moments of resonance and heart.”

The main character, Elise Sabatto is terrified but repeats to herself that everything is OK before her husband Brad returns home from Iraq. Brad becomes increasingly tense, and anxious, showing signs of PTSD, while Elise insists that he is fine and believes her own positive thoughts while facing the very real danger that her husband is, in fact, not OK.

Elise, played by Milwaukee actress Kat Wodtke and Brad as, Jeb Burris,, calls their performance, “uniformly strong.”

Find tickets for “Learning to Stay” and more at Forward