CALARTS STUDENTS TACKLE TEEN SUICIDE EPIDEMIC THROUGH A NATIONAL TOUR OF THE ORIGINAL PLAY: “I COULD TAKE A NAP, BUT KILLING MYSELF WOULD BE MORE PRODUCTIVE.”
· Performing at KC Fringe, BVN, Church of the Resurrection, and Spring Hill Middle
· In partnership with suicide prevention organization: “Keep the Spark Alive”
July 15th-26th: Step inside a life size journal and follow the pages of one suicidal teen’s journey as she makes her way through the incidents preceding her death. The mind of modern adolescence is explored through a multimedia experience (home videos, an original score, 6 foot tall journal pages, and life size doll stands). A group of 18-23 year old artists partnered with 8 suicide prevention organizations to create an eye opening theatrical experience with a core of activism. Written and directed by BVSW grad, LaurenSage Browning, this piece opened in Hollywood in June, continued in Flagstaff AZ, and will be coming to KC right after it’s Off Broadway debut at the Vineyard’s Dimson Theatre.
A new play that critics and audience members are calling “group therapy, unexpected activism, artful, powerful social change” and a “remarkable, must see” with “honest and emotional presentation by the cast.” Reviews praised the work for “bringing light to this issue” and suggested it “should be presented to all students of high school age.” A “truly unique, well-crafted piece of art” that is “compelling” and “thought provoking.”
Find more information about our work in an article by the Arizona Daily Sun: AZ Daily Sun