The audience is along for a wild ride in How To Remain with a compulsive protagonist resolutely heading toward an elusive goal of perfection, perpetually struggling to stay on, to stay thin. *How to remain in control* is at the heart of anorexia and bulimia. Ubiquitous images of the ideal woman provide pressure and anxiety for us all. She turns to her trusty steed but instead of her body disintegrating, the horse’s body withers away. A symbol of intense desire and instinct, the horse’s ribs start to protrude as it becomes increasingly emaciated until finally disappearing with a *POOF!* Perhaps it’s a warning, considering that the horse pertains to the unconscious and in fable and legend, clairvoyant. Though eating disorders are serious matter, the story is really about facing our all-too-human mortality. *Remain* is the key word and our secret desire, fueling our heroine’s quest for eternal youth and beauty, i.e., immortality. She is in a race. A horse race. A rat race? Or a labyrinth. Reel time accelerates as it does in real life, time seemingly flying by with advancing years as we move toward our inevitable departure. Of course how we live is crucial.

Written and Directed by Heather Haley
Produced by Josef Roehrl
Music and Sound Design by Roderick Shoolbraid
Special Effects by George Faulkner

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