BENEFITING: NAMI-Northern Virginia
EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2014
Help Fund NAMI COMEDY NIGHT to keep NAMI of Northern Virginia's free programs available to the millions of people living in this area.
According to the National Institute on Mental Health, about 1 in 4 adults suffer from a mental disorder, and one in 17 people live with a serious mental illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, The World Health Organization estimates that 450 million people worldwide suffer from such diseases.
Despite these staggering statistics, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that nationally, between 2009-2011, states cut more than $1.6 billion from their budgets for services helping children and adults who have mental disorders.
The need for mental health services continues to grow, and with those increased needs comes the parallel necessity to increase both awareness and fundraising dollars.
To raise awareness of mental illness and funds for NAMI-NoVA—whose mission is to support and educate Northern Virginians with mental illnesses and their families and whose programs are completely free— the organization sponsors an annual Comedy Night fundraiser.
Solo Show Bio-Hazard: A Relative Comedy
Starring Sarah Elizabeth Greer
This is the true-to-life story of Sarah Elizabeth Greer, a free spirit who
grew up feeling like she just didn’t belong. Raised in the quiet Pennsylvania Dutch town of New Holland, Sarah’s world is turned upside down when her quirky, over-the-top Greek biological mother crashes into her life. The spark between Sarah and her "bio" brings Sarah the sudden promise of understanding, connection and new meaning to her existence, but it ends up propelling her into confusion, an identity crisis, and the all-too-familiar feelings of rejection. Ultimately, Sarah's journey of feeling lost, being found, and getting lost all over again, sends her on a hilarious, moving, and often pathologically extreme quest to try to come to terms with her life and overall purpose in the world.
Part screwball comedy and part Greek Tragedy, Sarah’s journey has been like no other. No one else in the world has ever put a fake bump in their nose, or videotaped one of their restaurant customers giving birth or shown up to their initial meeting with Robert DeNiro dressed in African dashiki attire. By baring her soul and the unique tragicomedy of her life onstage, Sarah empowers all of us to embrace our own stories in order to seize our destiny. Her simple but powerful message to adoptees, orphans, and anyone who has ever felt pain and rejection: BE WHO YOU WERE MEANT TO BE.
BIO-HAZARD: a relative comedy is a universal human story of feeling lost, facing rejection, and searching for the acceptance one can only find within.
For tickets, follow this link!