Monday, April 23, 2012

Mental Illness Highlighted in Saturday Presentation at Serendipity Playhouse

We Are Still Here a collaboration between Well Arts Institute and NAMI of Washington County will bring the voices of mental illness to stage this weekend.

The production “lifts the silence and tells the stories” of mental illness through theatrical performance. What’s Important is the Story, the culmination of Beautiful Minds—a pilot project supported by Oregon Arts Commission and the Autzen Foundation—joins professional directors, actors, and theatre technicians to people living with mental illness or caring for a mentally ill family member in a workshopped theatre production that explores the experience of mental illness.

Their stories of grief and hope, fear and courage come alive on stage and bring awareness to the public—a public in which one in four people are affected by a mental illness.

Well Arts collaborates with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington County Center to perform stories written about mental illness and written by people living with mental illness.

The Well Arts Institute is an eleven year old arts-in-healthcare non-profit that creates and facilitates workshops in which professional theatre artists work with people facing life-altering health challenges to create professional theatre productions written by participants and performed by actors.

The sole SW Washington performance will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Serendipity Playhouse, 500 Washington Street in Vancouver, Wash. Tickets are $8 online at, or by calling 503-459-4500. Tickets will be $10 at the door. For more information email to:

By Gregory E. Zschomler

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