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Free at Last Players
February 6, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST$5
Suggested $5 donation to The Buttonwood Tree
The Free At Last Players will be presenting ‘The Players of Oz’: The story of Dorothy – who suffers from mental illness. Join Dorothy as she walks down the purple-brick road away from the stigma of mental illness. Along the way, she meets a color cast of characters with whom she shares her journey. The one act play consists of songs adapted from the original which address the concerns of the mentally ill.
The Free At Last Players are a performance troupe dedicated to combating the stigma of mental illness. Founded in 1990, the group has performed all over Connecticut and the United States with shows consisting of songs, poems and skits created by the group’s members.
Join the Free At Last Players in their effort to educate society with regard to the true nature of mental illness. Audiences have been wowed by the performances and have laughed along with the cast of performers – so come and join us!
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of dealing with mental illness is the stigma that is associated with the malady. By showcasing their first-hand perspectives via performance art, the Free at Last Players combat this stigma. The group consists of members who – whether they are mentally ill or not – recognize that every person deserves to be seen as just that: a person. With strengths and weaknesses just like anyone else.
While focused on the issues outlined above, Free At Last Players performances cover a wide range of issues. The group advocates for no particular political party or issue. Performance pieces have taken positions both for and against medication, disclosure, and “the system” – among many other things.
Members of the Free at Last Players are encouraged to perform but performance is not a requirement of group membership. The group’s most highly held value is acceptance. Members find in the group a welcome forum where they can speak openly about their experiences with mental illness and unfair exclusion in all its forms.
As they celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Free At Last Players reach out to new groups who might benefit from and/or appreciate the group’s message. Finding in performance art a labor of love, the Free at Last Players make the world a more accepting place – one audience at a time.”