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  • New Hampshire Theatre Project in collaboration with Seacoast Mental Health Center presents The Opioid Crisis Effect on Families

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    New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Elephant-in-the-Room Series®

    In collaboration with Seacoast Mental Health Center


    The Opioid Crisis Effect on Families: Playreading & Community Discussion

    Featuring A Wider Circle by Mary Ellen Hedrick

    Thursday, May 20, 7-9 p.m.

    To register for live webinar


    On Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m., Seacoast Mental Health Center and New Hampshire Theatre Project will present a reading of the play A Wider Circle by Mary Ellen Hedrick, and a community discussion on the topic of The Opioid Crisis Effect on Families. The Zoom webinar is free but registration is required. This program is part of New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Elephant-in-the-Room Series®. Partial funding for this presentation has been provided by an Arts in Healthcare Grant from the NH State Council on the Arts.


    Immediately following the reading of A Wider Circle, facilitator Tim Barretto will lead a community discussion with the audience and panelists Rebecca Throop of Seacoast Mental Health Center, playwright Mary Ellen Hedrick and a panel of experts. Community participants can sign up to attend the webinar and participate in the discussion for free through the NHTP website (ntheatreproject.org).


    A playwright and civics teacher from New Hampshire, Mary-Ellen Hedrick’s previous work, Throw Away People, focused on the devastating consequences of heroin addiction for both individuals and the community. New Hampshire Theatre Project commissioned Ms. Hedrick, as an advocate for the recovery community, to address the topic of addiction as a family disease. Participating artists include Genevieve Aichele, John Bolduc, Sara Conlon, Amy Desrosiers, Monique Foote, Bill Humphreys, Kate Kirkwood, Mary Langley, Corrie Owens-Beauchesne and Kathleen Somssich. 


     A Wider Circle has toured to communities throughout New Hampshire, including Gorham, Concord, Manchester, Brentwood, Rochester and Portsmouth. An audience member writes: I want to express my appreciation… The play was impactful and insightful, and the discussion afterward engaging and useful. I support your effort to provide opportunities for folks to come together to talk about what needs to be talked about. The use of a theater piece to create an atmosphere of understanding and empathy is terrific.


    Now in its fourth year, NHTP’s Elephant-in-the-Room Series® presents playreadings and community conversations about stigmatized subjects that we as a society often have difficulty discussing. Additional topics have included Suicide and Self-Harm, Eating Disorders, School Safety and Human Trafficking. For information, visit www.nhtheatreproject.org.

    About New Hampshire Theatre Project

    New Hampshire Theatre Project (NHTP) was formed in 1988 by performing artists who connected through their dedication to collaboration, education and community-building. Since its creation, NHTP has continued to use the process of theatre to create revelatory experiences for individuals and communities across New England and beyond. With Covid-19 issues limiting capacity in NHTP’s 50-seat home theater on Islington Street, we are proud and grateful to collaborate with The Music Hall in presenting our annual Storytelling Festival.