Kate Watson-Wallace — Lady Wa-Wa if you're nasty — has made a name for herself in the performance-art community as a creator of mind-twisting site-specific pieces, but her latest production goes where she doesn't venture often: an actual stage. The Mentalist is loosely inspired by imagery in "The Yellow Wallpaper," a late 19th-century, semi-autobiographical short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The bizarre tale revolves around a woman who is locked in her bedroom to recover from dementia and subsequently driven insane by the repetitive patterns in her wallpaper. To bring this scenario to life, Watson-Wallace choreographed an energetic concoction of movement, sound and video installation that she says doesn't necessarily convey a didactic message. "When I make a dance, I think more about using source material to delve into a world or psychic space," she says. "What permeates from that is whatever the audience brings to it."