The Patient

The Patient

Presented by The Producing Unit


The Producing Unit Presents

The Patient
A World Premiere

Written by Peter Frisch and Shay Munroe

Directed by Peter Frisch

January 19 - 22, 2023

Featuring Shay Munroe, Brian Harwell, Justin Davanzo, Nicholas Ehlen, Reed Wolfington, Nic Saubestre, and Meredith McMinn.

The story of The Patient follows Anna Hughes, a successful New York actress in her 30s who is grappling with the possible loss of her sanity. During her month–long breakdown, she suffers from a case of Dissociative Identity Disorder and frequently becomes lost in three of the characters she has played in the past. Her husband, therapist, and mother play important roles as well. Underlying themes include love, loss, belief vs. fact, redemption, creativity, and madness. The style is magical realism, and the audience is taken on quite a wild ride as we enter her fractured mind. Rest assured that moments of comedy and deep sentiment are sprinkled throughout.
Please Note - A special post-performance discussion, led by the director and psychologists, will take place after the 3:00 PM Sunday performance.

Performance Dates and Times:

Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 PM
Friday, January 20 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 21 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 PM

Ticket Prices:

General Admission: $31
Group Tickets (10 or more): $25
Students with ID: $22

**All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.**

All seating is general admission unless otherwise noted. For all performances, there is limited late seating once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

There are no social distancing requirements in place for seating. There are no vaccine or testing requirements at this time. Masks are encouraged but not required. We are continuing our mitigation efforts. The HVAC system for the theater is set to bring in 100% fresh air. We are using CDC-recommended MERV-13 filters, the air is turned over 7.35 times an hour, and we also have portable HEPA air purifiers and our generous use of hand sanitizer.  (thank you to the Santa Barbara Foundation!) All of our staff are fully vaccinated, and performers are either vaccinated or tested negative before performing.

You can use either e-tickets, print-at-home tickets, or request Will Call tickets to be waiting for you at the Box Office. If you have any questions, please email Executive Director Teri Ball at

Thank you to everyone in the community who supported us through this prolonged intermission. We would not still be here without your support.