Submitted by Anne-Marie Cannata McEwen
(November 16, 2022) — The Buttonwood Tree at 605 Main Street in Middletown announces the showcase of Free At Last Players Theater Group on Friday November 25, 2022. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is in the form of a donation of $10 or more.
The Free at Last Players is a not-for-profit theater group dedicated to dispelling the myths and misconceptions that surround mental illness. Founded in 1989, the group has performed all over Connecticut and the United States, with shows consisting of songs, poems and skits created by the group’s members.Perhaps the most difficult aspect of dealing with mental illness is the stigma that is associated with the malady. By showcasing their first-hand perspectives via performance art, the Free at Last Players combat this stigma. The group consists of members who – whether they are mentally ill or not – recognize that every person deserves to be seen as just that: a person. With strengths and weaknesses just like anyone else. This season’s show consists of skits, songs, poems, raps and monologues that shed light on the lived experience of mental illness and the true promise and possibility of recovery.
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