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In The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Edward's journey, his heart is broken and he feels as if he’ll “never be whole again.” When unexpected loss or trauma happens to individuals and communities, it sometimes feels as though we will never be able to heal and put ourselves back together. How do we find the resiliency to hope and love again? After 18-months of pandemic lockdown, how does a community begin to come together again?
Picking Up the Pieces guest speakers include Courtney Perkins and Angel Simone. Courtney became the new Executive Director of Prescott Park Arts Festival just before COVID-19 began. She has had to rebuild the organization’s connection to the Portsmouth community while contending with pandemic restrictions and enormous financial losses. Angel Simone is a life coach, pastor and trainer, who has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, helping them rebuild their lives after deep traumatic experiences.
Women Playing Hamlet, ran at NHTP through in January-February 2022. The play is a sophisticated new comedy with four women playing multiple roles. The titular character Jessica faces a personal existential crisis when cast as the Prince of Denmark. Can a woman play one of the greatest male roles in Shakespeare? What other women have played the role and why don’t we remember their names? Under all the fun, this play asks the serious question of whether or not true equity is realizable in theatre - and in any contemporary workplace. As NHTP’s season theme asked: Are We There Yet?
The community discussion around Equity in the Workplace included three remarkable panelists who will shared their expertise, experience, ideas, hopes and dreams. Stephanie Bramlett, Ph.D, is the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Phillips Exeter Academy. Joan Gile is the President of Piscataqua Savings Bank. Crystal Paradis is Director of Strategic Communications and Community Engagement, NH Women’s Foundation.
What is Spirituality? How do different people think about, access, and use spirituality? were concepts discussed at this Community Connector event inspired by the unique new dramedy Small Mouth Sounds about six runaways from city life who embark on a silent retreat in the woods. Filled with insightful humor, this strange and compassionate new script asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. While satirizing the contemporary fad of seeking instant enlightenment from a hip retreat, the play also poignantly explores our desperate need to communicate with each other and human connection in a challenging, fragmented world.