Jung's Chair

“It’s a closed system that feeds illness back into the psyche, doesn’t help cure it.”

Written by Tom Block

Directed by Jennifer Ortega


  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:00pm

Language: English

Age: 16+

Location: IATI Theater (64 E. 4th St. NYC 10003)

Website: Facebook Event


Danny is studying the writings of Carl Jung for answers.  He lays down for a nap.   He dreams he is in therapy.  He tries to talk through his problems.  It turns out that the Therapist is the one with the secrets.  Danny can take no more and pulls out a gun.  Danny is in the Therapist’s chair and the Therapist is lying down.  The therapy chair confers wisdom and an extensive vocabulary.   The Therapist shares his secrets.  They are Danny’s repressed memories.  Danny is alternately at peace with his new role and terribly uncomfortable.  Chloe, Danny’s wife, dances into the Therapy session.  She too has secrets. …A metaphor is wheeled onto the stage…. Sometimes one is leading, sometimes another – leadership takes many forms.  The play ends.  The actors filter downstage for a talk-back.  It might have been about something simple. Or love.

About the Playwright

Tom Block is a playwright, author of five books, 20+ year exhibiting visual artist and Founding Producer of New York City’s International Human Rights Art Festival (ihraf.org). His plays have been developed and produced at such venues as the Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Urban Stages, Theater for the New City, IRT Theater, Theater at the 14th Street Y, Athena Theatre Company, Theater Row, A.R.T.-NY, Drama League, Wild Project and many others.  He has exhibited his artwork -- which often defines the set of his plays -- more than 200 times around the United States, Canada and Europe. He was the Founding Producer of the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (2010), a Research Fellow at DePaul University (2010), LABA Fellow (NY, 2013-14), Hamiltonian Fellow (2008-09) and recipient of funding/support from more than a dozen foundations and organizations. He has spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. www.tomblock.com


Karis Danish
Patrick K. Dooley
Sophie Sorenson


This Reading is free of charge–your kind donation is accepted.  The first glass of that red elixir of life–wine–is on us.  All proceeds ensure that we continue to support the genesis of theater: the playwright!

Seating is limited.