“Everything is art…Your clothes, voice, language, hair, living space, all express who you are on a basic human level, it’s how we understand each other,” said Haley Pulsipher, a University of Utah student graduating from the Actor Training Program with a BFA.

As a final right of passage, Pulsipher, who uses the gender pronouns “they” and “them,” has decided to present a self-written piece. They have always been drawn to playwriting, interested in “the creation of a world and sharing experiences through [the] work.”

“Submerge” is a piece that has long been coming for Pulsipher. It is about self-love, self-acceptance and the journey it takes to find these things.

“This piece is a gift to that girl that hated herself for so long, that experienced so much pain and loneliness. I’m washing off the blood she was forced to wade through for so long,” Pulsipher explained. Born in a place of darkness, it will explore being human and how human is different from the idea of perfect. Isn’t it more interesting to be more than just one dimension? the play asks.

“Submerge” will be performed one night only on April 21 at 5 p.m. in PAB room 101.

Note: This show does include mentions of rape, self-harm, eating disorders—including anorexia and bulimia and negative effects and experiences of multiple mental disorders.


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