Elephant-in-the-Room Series

From Feb 08, 2018 to May 03, 2018

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

New Hampshire Theatre Project has launched 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

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

Admission is free but donations to Seacoast Mental Health will be gratefully accepted.

Snap!, written and performed by Regi Carpenter, is the true story of a sixteen year old girl’s descent into mental illness, her commitment to a state mental hospital and her journey back to reality and freedom. Mental illness is, in many ways, a taboo topic. Personal admission of hospitalization is still covered in secrecy, rarely treated as directly and honestly as in Snap! Yet Carpenter doesn’t think of herself as courageous to share her personal experience of recovery. “My challenge was how to bring this story to others in a way that allowed them to find their own story in mine,” she explains. “The response from family members of institutionalized or deceased children and from people with ongoing depression issues has been incredible.” Described by one audience member as “profoundly moving, heartfelt, courageous, and altogether inspiring," Snap! uses music, gesture, and humor to put audiences into the experience as well as to facilitate a deeper understanding of mental health challenges. As she created the story, Carpenter learned that the past doesn’t control us. “What I can see in my experience now is a deeply troubled teen who could no longer cope and who received love, care, and hope in the darkest place.” Carpenter’s short version of Snap! won her the 2012 Boston StorySlam for best of the year. The show is appropriate for teens and adults.



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


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

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. 

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