UVU Theatre Students Create Production on Difficult Subject of Suicide

The Department of Theatrical Arts presents Jumpers, the product of a semester long devised theatre course produced and created by students. UVU, an engaged learning institution, is proud to have students produce and act in their own play. This type of academic pursuit is at the heart of what creates student success.

The production at hand is based on a New Yorker article by Tad Friend, which detailed the dark magnetism that draws dozens of suicide victims to the Golden Gate Bridge every year. Between 1937 and 2012, there was an estimated 1,600 bodies recovered of people who had jumped. There are signs on the bridge that advertise a suicide crisis hotline for potential jumpers.

Jumpers is directed by associate professor and former theatre department chair, Chris Clark, with live original music by Stuart Wheeler and Quiet House.

The audience will enjoy a moving portrayal of real people who have experienced suicide on and around the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The story of these individuals will be told through physical movement and interview recreations to create a type of visual podcast. Student performers will impress audiences through what Clark said is their “physical movements and ability to take one multiple roles over the course of the performance.”

This production comes at a time when Utah is facing its own suicide crisis. The Salt Lake Tribune reports at least 425 confirmed suicides in 2017 alone. Speaking to the issue of mental health and suicide, Jumpers is the play you need to see.

Jumpers will be presented in the Noorda Theatre September 29- October 7. The play starts at 7:30 PM and runs for 50 minutes without intermission. This production deals with adult themes and may not be suitable for all audiences. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or feel unsafe, please seek help or call 1-800-273-8255. Tickets may be purchased at the door and online at uvu.edu/thearts.