Pawel and Ebola is a new play written by Marianna Ellenberg that examines spirituality, mental illness and the female voice in the age of disaster and consumerism. The narrative follows an adult brother and sister and their absentee hysterical mother Genevieve. Pawel and Ebola are the mythological bastard offspring of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, historic neurologist and mentor to Sigmund Freud. Abandoned by their father and infirm mother, the brother-sister duo is left alone and forced to play all familial roles in their decaying New England estate. The piece depicts Ebola’s struggles with identity, religion and gender as she overcomes her brother’s dominance and on-going childhood trauma. Readings in psychoanalysis, Kabbalah and feminism have influenced Pawel and Ebola’s disjunctive structure and its drive to upend the myth of hysteria as a female characteristic and disease.


Hannah Gross, Tavish Miller and Erin Mullin

Composer: Paula Matthesun
Choreographer: Greg Zuccolo

Premiered February 2016 in New York City

For more information, please contact Marianna Ellenberg