So much that needs healing in our world... why are we uncomfortable talking about it?
Now in its third year, New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Elephant-in-the-Room Series presents playreadings and community conversations about stigmatizing topics that we as a society often feel uncomfortable discussing in public. Following the reading, a facilitated audience conversation focuses 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. In the current climate of alienation and miscommunication online, the Elephant-in-the Room Series uses live theatre to create a safe and nurturing environment that encourages transformational communication between individuals. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation says that NHTP uses theatre to bring people together to talk about immensely difficult things and connect people with resources available to help…. Community happens when it’s safe to talk about the hard things.
In May 2020, New Hampshire Theatre Project will be touring two different Elephant-in-the-Room programs:
According to the American Psychological Association, the suicide rate in the United States rose by 33% between 1999 and 2016. This tragedy crosses all boundaries – age, gender, economic status – and its effect on loved ones often compounds the difficulties. Tim Barretto’s play Final Thoughts focuses on a successful writer’s decision to end his life and the effects of this shattering choice on his family.
THE OPIOID CRISIS & FAMILIES
As New Hampshire leads the nation in opioid related deaths, this issue has significant consequences in our communities. Playwright and civics teacher Mary-Ellen Hedrick’s play A Wider Circle focuses on the devastating effects of heroin addiction for both individuals and their families. This program has been performed in communities throughout New Hampshire and will be featured at the annual Behavioral Summit of the NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association in December 2019.
I want to express my appreciation… The play was impactful and insightful, and the discussion afterward engaging and useful. I support your effort to provide opportunities for folks to come together to talk about what needs to be talked about. The use of a theatre piece to create an atmosphere of understanding and empathy is terrific. – EITR Audience Member
For information about bringing NHTP’s Elephant-in-the-Room Series to your community this spring, please contact: