BENEFITING: NAMI-Northern Virginia
EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2014
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.
Show those Wellesley Women that we can support our alums better than they can! Sarah Elizabeth Greer (performer) and Paula Alekson (dramaturg) are both brilliant Mount Holyoke grads raising money for NAMI of Northern Virginia. Check out the event page and video.
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.
Wellesley Women always support fellow alums. This fundraiser for NAMI of Northern Virginia is being produced by Kathleen Conklin (1973) and performed by Sarah Elizabeth Greer (Mt.Holyoke 1991). Let's show those women from Holyoke how alums should support each other. They have a team too, so it will be interesting to see which team can raise more.
The funds raised here will pay the theatre rental, and other costs of putting on a great show. Any additional funds raised from this site will go straight into NAMI's account so that they can keep providing the great educatiion, support and advocacy that they are known for in Northern Virginia. All ticket sales, auction sales and raffle money will go straight to NAMI.
So, please join the Wellesley team and come out to the show at the State Theatre on October 12th. You will see a Broadway-worthy show and support a wonderful cause. Everyone has been touched by someone with mental illness, and NAMI provides free programs for patients, friends and famiilies.
The evening will also include a great silent auction, fabulous raffle, and dessert and coffee following the show. The State has a wonderful dinner menu and wait service during the performance as well. If you order a VIP ticket you will be treated to free cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before the show.
Check out the video to see what New York theater people have to say about Sarah and her show!
Tickets will be available soon at the State Theatre website, but you can take a look now to see what a great venue it is!