On Friday, April 29, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), one of America’s leading cultural venues, is hosting a stage reading and audience discussion symposium for a new docu-play about mental illness. The play is called SANISM, written by David Lee White, who was awarded a commission by NJPAC’s Stage Exchange Program to create the play. PsychoOdyssey’s Tom Pyle has been invited to be one of symposium’s panelists to react and respond to the play and its message after the performance. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mercer County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
SANSIM is a 90 minute docu-play based on interviews with people with mental illness, as well as their families, health care workers, and social service organizations. The reading will feature actors Maria Konstantinidis, Newton Buchanan, Deena Jiles, and Dara Lewis under the direction of Charlotte Northeast.
Playwright David Lee White is Associate Artistic Director and Resident Playwright at Passage Theater in Trenton, New Jersey. Mr. White is also the curator of the Rider University New Play Festival, a play writing instructor at Play Penn in Philadelphia, and teaches Dramatic Analysis at Drexel University. White describes SANISM below:
SANISM’s patron is NJPAC’s Stage Exchange, a new play development series that commissions local playwrights to create works with social issues in mind. All commissioned plays are already guaranteed full productions beyond their one-night-only staged readings. SANISM is one of three new plays commissioned by Stage Exchange for 2016 that will receive staged readings at NJPAC in Newark, accompanied by panel discussions with academics, activists and artists on the subject matter.
Also joining the symposium panel will be Suzanne McConnell, a New York based fiction writer and editor, and Nancy Gross, formerly a writing instructor at City University of New York and now Community Liaison consultant for Palliative Care at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Co-sponsoring the April 29 stage reading and symposium is the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, based in West Orange, NJ, a service association “megaguild” of 33 theaters around New Jersey. Mr. White’s home theater, the Passage Theater of Trenton, NJ, is one of the Alliance’s members.
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