Silencing Stigma, Reclaiming Life

Silencing Stigma, Reclaiming Life

November 15 – 17 and 22 – 24
8pm (Fri and Sat)
4pm (Sat and Sun)

Klausner Auditorium (within Nazareth Family Center)
1127 N. Oakley
Chicago, IL 60622

Produced with support from the Chicago Community Foundation, Asian Giving Circle, and Resist

CIRCA-Pintig, the Filipino American community-based theater company opens its theater season with Silencing Stigma, Reclaiming Life, a collection of monologues and scenes about mental health. Performed through the lens of the Asian and Filipino American experience, the play tackles a difficult topic but brings to light the beauty that comes when stigma is silenced and self is reclaimed in harmony with the community. The play features original scripts developed through a drama workshop conducted with students of Dr. Rooshey Hasnain’s class on Mental Health, Asian Americans and Community Engagement at UIC. Through the drama workshop, students transformed their recorded transcriptions of field interviews with community storytellers into dramatic scripts. Together with excerpts from other plays written by Liza Magtoto and Conrad Panganiban, Silencing Stigma gives voice to unspoken thoughts and emotions in a dramatic forum that aims for community healing and positive reflection. This production brings together new and resident CIRCA-Pintig actors and production staff sharing their time and commitment to create a dialogue about a topic not typically discussed at dinner table talk. There is a Q & A and community consultation after each performance. Directed by Cat Gleason, the play goes onstage November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm and Saturdays/Sundays at 4pm at the Klausner Auditorium (within Nazareth Family Center) 1127 N. Oakley, Chicago, IL 60622. Tickets: $15 general admission and $10 for students/seniors. For ticket reservations, visit us at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4430976 or contact Ginger Leopoldo at [email protected] or call (312)956-9489. For group sales and community sponsorships, contact Angela Mascarenas at [email protected] or call (773)480-4824.