If you’re the kind of person who rolls your eyes when you hear about an author in his or her mid-twenties receiving a lofty sum to write a memoir, you may initially be suspicious of the premise of 25-year-old Anna Snapp’s new autobiographical show, I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow.
However, if you enter room A:9 at MLK Jr Memorial Library with an open mind, you’ll discover a fearlessly told story of the past seven years of Snapp’s life, which have included more trauma than many people will experience in a lifetime.
Since 2009, Snapp’s body has essentially turned on her. She’s first diagnosed with debilitatingly painful Crohn’s disease, and then C. diff, E. coli, SIBO, and bipolar disorder, just to name a few. The 20-plus medications she’s on lead to weight gain. On top of all this, she’s also betrayed by those around her: two of her best friends abandon her and she is raped while at a party.
After learning all of this, no one would blame Snapp for throwing herself a pity party, but I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow isn’t a dreary slog. She intersperses her vivid depictions of physical pain and mental illness with stories of her passion for acting and theatre and turns the material of her life into material for darkly comic asides (including a fake commercial for a fake depression medication that hilariously involves a tennis racket).
I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow
Written and performed by Anna Snapp
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While these moments break up the format nicely, they also present a challenge for Snapp in terms of turning her tone around completely on a dime. She’s an actress whose self-possession on stage is impressive, but the rapid tonal shifts can sometimes take away from the more deeply felt moments, if only because the transitions are so abrupt that she doesn’t have time to fully inhabit and communicate some of the depths.
Despite its title, I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow smartly avoids a tidy, uplifting ending. In fact, it avoids any ending at all—Snapp acknowledges that she’s young and that coming to terms with and loving her body will be an ongoing struggle as she continues to grow and mature. And I, for one, am looking forward to seeing it happen before our very eyes in the years to come.
I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow . Written and Performed by Anna Snapp . Directed by David Minton . Reviewed by John Bavoso.