[John Witt (from left), Erin Cauley and Sabrina Harris appear in "Equus."]
T. Will Fisher of Chicago plays Dr. Martin Dysart.
“For me, playing Dr. Dysart is a dream role. His arc is subtle in the show, but actually very deep and complicated. I love being able to explore the different levels of emotion. It is not just about him taking care of Alan, although to Dysart's surprise it becomes critically important to him. It is about Dysart himself struggling with what is best for all his patients versus what society seems to be asking of him. Society wants conformity. Dysart's patients, especially Alan and Dysart himself, are seeking their own individuality. Some people see Dysart as antagonist of this show. As a therapist myself, I resonate with what he is trying to do to help Alan. I see Dysart as the protagonist, Alan as a catalyst, and societal expectation as the antagonist.
"… The show has some darkness and controversy, but it is as poignant today, if not more so, than it was when it was written. Mental health is such a hot topic these days. People need opportunities to talk about it. The Albright is providing that. Equally important, the Albright is maintaining their commitment to the arts in community. This show is being handled with the utmost respect as all shows should be.
“I hope audiences recognize that mental health issues are real and a part of everyone's life. Current social expectations and fears actually add to them and make them worse. We need to break the societal taboo around mental health. That starts by talking about it, so people are not afraid to get the help they need.”