Vermont Actors Repertory Theater Presents Community Benefit for Mental Health Awareness

The Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theater will present “Let’s Talk!”, a community discussion promoting Mental Health Awareness Month in May that will be professionally hosted and sparked by the short works of Vermont Playwrights.

The benefit performance will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 117 West Street in Rutland. UUC is the home of VART and the show will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for both performances are $10 and can be paid for at the door by cash or check.

Kristen Hixon, who is the director of these performances, said, “We will present four plays that focus on the major issues facing people who have mental health issues or who have experienced trauma in their lives.” Pieces include “Glacier” by Lesley Becker, “Eddie at Clearwater” by Jeanne Beckwith, “Cheat a Little” by Sandy Celauro and “Executive Dysfunction” by Dvora Zipkin. Hixon and Sandra Gartner are the co-producers of VART.

Proceeds from the May 7 shows will be divided among local chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Content notice for those who choose to view either performance which includes topics such as eating disorders and body image, sexual assault, substance abuse, mental illness and disorder post-traumatic stress.

Sam D. Gomez