Blindsided is a one-person show that was performed at Théâtre La Chapelle in 2012 and at SummerWorks in Toronto in 2014.
Very fine, grave, wistful, powerful by Sabrina Reeves. Run, don't walk to see it.
-Joyn Doyle, The Globe and Mail, 2014
Blindsided doesn’t so much tell a story as reveal the storied quality of our lives. Not that Reeves abandons dramatic tension or narrative sensibility; she’s just trying to reveal a complex network of interconnected human experiences that can’t be unspooled like a thread, but must be supported everywhere at once. Think of a figure floating up to the surface, until suddenly it’s there and you see it...Reeves steers this dark meditation with a sure hand, and ultimately manages to use the weight of her material to reach for the light.
-Mark Mann, Mooney on Theatre, 2014
Sabrina is a focused, physical performer who adds and electric spark to any performance.
-Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine, 2014
A traumatic event can create a rupture in the psyche that allows an earlier buried trauma to spill forth unexpectedly. In 2010, while riding his bike, my brother was hit by a truck. The truck was going 45 mph and my brother broke his back. Though he never technically ‘lost consciousness,’ he can’t remember the few seconds that passed between the moment of impact and the moment of being splayed out on the cement.
A year after the accident, although fully recovered physically, he was still plagued with insomnia and confusion over his inability to recall those few seconds, feeling that there was something enormous hidden in the blackness. I believe that a single moment, such as my brother’s missing 3 seconds, can contain more psychic content than we are able to comprehend.
Blindsided is a one-person show married to a film installation, that explores the extreme disproportion between an enormity of content and a minuscule amount of time, proposing that a single moment of trauma can create an instantaneous opening in the psyche for the recollection of a past trauma, and in so doing fracture the self into distinct parts.