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Tonight at 7pm EST: Talking It Out Virtual Short Play Festival in Support of Mental Health Awareness
RSVPs are free, with 50% of donations to be sent to RAINN and the other 50% distributed evenly amongst the artists
On November 19th at 7pm EST, the Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival will present its next series of short plays by emerging playwrights around the world, featuring actors and directors from around the world, in support of raising mental health awareness.
Tickets are free, but donations are strongly encouraged. For this November 19th performance, half of all donations go to RAINN (www.rainn.org) to provide mental health support for victims of sexual assault, while the other half goes to the participating artists. More information on reserving tickets can be found via Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/talking-it-out-virtual-arts-festival-2022-2023-season-tickets-394717419427 or by visiting www.linktr.ee/talkingitoutfest and following @talkingitoutfest on Facebook and Instagram.
This month’s line-up of plays includes:
by Lisa Carter
Directed by Ryan Thornhill
Starring Aero England, Kamala Rose & Sophie Hill
by Judith Hancock
Directed by Cinda Goeken
Starring Willie Hannah & Elizabeth Jasper-Williams
by Christine Lee
Directed by Cayle Komara
Starring Mackenzie Krestul
by AJ Maryn
Directed by Michael Beverley
Starring Vee Gardineer & Michael Beverley
by Willow Najarro
Directed by Anthony J. Piccione
Starring Catherine Ivy, Erica Marie Lecce, Libby Lou & Tyler Henson
Now in its third season, the Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival’s current leadership slate consists of Producing Artistic Director Anthony J. Piccione, Associate Artistic Director Ryan Thornhill, Program Manager Maria fe Picar & Literary Manager Angelo Lorenzo.
Founded in 2020 by Mr. Piccione during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the original Talking It Out performance was presented live at the Dramatists Guild Foundation's Music Hall on March 10th, 2019. At the time of the initial readings, Michael D'Antoni wrote a rave review of the event for Five-Star Arts Journals, describing it as having “nothing less than pure, unadulterated, genuine, unpretentious focus on the agonies and anguish of mental illness, while also celebrating the triumphs and accomplishments over those living with, or those living with someone who suffers from mental health issues.“
Originally intended to be a one-time event of minimalistic staged reading of short plays, the event has since been revived as an ongoing festival of plays - as well as an expanding line-up of additional arts programming - presented online via Zoom. Upon the first live screening of Talking It Out in November 2020, playwright & critic Jan Ewing praised the festival in a review for Hi! Drama for having “drawn from a wide range of ages and genders” and for “detailing the pain and distress encountered not only by those suffering from the various disorders but also those who support them.” Each of the plays is presented by an ensemble of actors from different corners of the world, highlighting various issues of mental illness - ranging from anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, and more.