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New Hampshire Theatre Project in collaboration with Seacoast Mental Health Center present
NHTP and Seacoast Mental Health Center 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.
Immediately following the reading of A Wider Circle, facilitator Tim Barretto will lead a community discussion with the audience, playwright, and panelists Rebecca Throop and Wyndi Cashman from Seacoast Mental Health Center. Community participants can sign up to attend the webinar and participate in the discussion.
Partial funding for this project has been provided by an Arts in Healthcare grant from the NH State Council on the Arts.
A Wider Circle will feature NHTP Company Artists Genevieve Aichele, John Bolduc, Sara Conlon, Amy Desrosiers, Monqiue Foote, Bill Humphreys, Kate Kirkwood, Mary Langley, Corrie Owens-Beauchesne, and Kathleen Somssich.
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. A Wider Circle has toured to communities throughout New Hampshire, including Gorham, Concord, Manchester, Brentwood, Rochester and Portsmouth.
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 theatre piece to create an atmosphere of understanding and empathy is terrific.
- Audience Member
Now in its fourth year, NHTP’s Elephant-in-the-Room Series® presents playreadings and community conversations about subjects that we as a society often have difficulty discussing. Additional topics have included Suicide Risk in Adults, Eating Disorders, School Safety and Human Trafficking.