Poetry, music, art and drama…most commonly thought of as leisure activities, these are also wonderful tools for self-expression, healing and raising community awareness. The Warren Washington Association for Mental Health (WWAMH) is preparing for their second community production, entitled “Come as You Are”, scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm in Glens Falls. Directed by local educator, Logan Beth Fisher, the event aims to reduce stigma and promote a better understanding of what it is like to experience a mental illness or to care for someone affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders. The Charles Wood Theater provides an intimate setting for what will likely be an evening of very emotional and empowering stories.
A few months ago, individuals interested in participated signed-up to read their stories in front of a panel, including Logan Beth Fisher and mental health staff from WWAMH. Five community memebers were selected; they will be joined by nationally recognized artists Michael Mack and Marya Hornbacher. Michael Mack is a playwright and performed who has shared the story of his mother’s recovery from schizophrenia in a full length play, called “Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues”. Marya Hornbacher, is an award-winning journalist and author. Her book, “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Last year, WWAMH hosted their first production at the Charles Wood Theater – a series of staged readings from local mental health consumers, advocates and caregivers, as well as essays from Amy Ferris’ collection of stories, called “Shades of Blue”. It was well received by the community and a successful fundraiser. You won’t want to miss this year’s event! Tickets are available at www.woodtheater.org.
Best of luck to Logan Beth Fisher, the artists and WWAMH staff! I am looking forward to the event and will be sure to share my experience with our readers afterward.
Amy Molloy, Director of Education