Elephant-in-the-Room Series

From Nov 16, 2017 to May 03, 2018

So much that needs healing in our world... why are we uncomfortable talking about it?

New Hampshire Theatre Project is launching a provocative series featuring four plays about subjects that we as a society often have difficulty discussing: abuse and human trafficking, mental illness, the opioid crisis, and death and dying. Each event will be moderated by Timothy Barretto, known for his UNH courses on Managing Conflict in the Community, who will facilitate discussion among audience members, artists, and a panel of experts on the topic. Questions focus on attitudes about ethical issues involved in the subject over time and today, and our responsibility as a society to bring these issues out of the shadows and into the cultural mainstream.

NHTP's Elephant-in-the-Room Series
Seacoast Women's Giving Circle

First Event:  Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00 pm
Topic: Human Trafficking & Sexual Abuse
Reading: Body & Sold by Deborah Fortson
Collaborating Partner:

Admission is free but donations to HAVEN will be gratefully accepted.

Deborah Fortson’s Body & Sold, is based on the true stories of human trafficking in the U.S. While many believe human trafficking is a relic of the past, the discussion will focus on the reasons for its continued existence and what local and global changes need to be made to combat this ugly truth. Panelists include Dr. Alicia W. Peters of the University of New England (UNE), Joi Smith of HAVEN, and Cheri Crider of Courage Speaks NH.  Dr. Peters, associate professor of anthropology and affiliated faculty in the UNE Women and Gender Studies Program, brings a humanities perspective to the discussion. 


Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:00 pm
Topic: Mental Illness
Reading: Snap! by Regi Carpenter
Collaborating Partner: Seacoast Mental Health

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 pm
Topic: The Opioid Crisis Effect on Families
Reading: A Wider Circle by Mary Ellen Hedrick

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:00 pm
Topic: Death & Dying
Reading: Constellations by Nick Payne

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