This Is My Brave

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White Pines is partnering with Elkins Park neighbor Judah Rosenstein to support a production of This Is My Brave - a show about what it's like to live through mental illness and come out on the other side. The emotions from having experienced mental illness first-hand are raw, excruciating, thrilling, inspiring and so much more.

The mission of This Is My Brave, Inc. is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues by sharing personal stories of individuals living successful, full lives despite mental illness through poetry, essay and original music, on stage in front of a live audience, through stories submitted and published to our blog, and via our YouTube channel.

From the This Is My Brave website: In August of 2011, more than six years after Jennifer Marshall's bipolar disorder first surfaced, she decided to start a blog. It became a place where she turned to write about her life as a wife and young mom to two small kids, and writing helped her begin to heal. She titled it: Bipolar Mom Life.

CO-FOUNDERS JENNIFER MARSHALL AND ANNE MARIE AMES, BACKSTAGE AT THE INAUGURAL THIS IS MY BRAVE SHOW, MAY 18, 2014 - PHOTO CREDIT: SHOOT PHOTO INC

CO-FOUNDERS JENNIFER MARSHALL AND ANNE MARIE AMES, BACKSTAGE AT THE INAUGURAL THIS IS MY BRAVE SHOW, MAY 18, 2014 - PHOTO CREDIT: SHOOT PHOTO INC

Jennifer wrote anonymously at first, because she was afraid of being judged. She also worried that disclosing her mental illness may make future employment opportunities difficult. For eighteen months, Jennifer wrote and found community online. Other writers who were openly sharing their stories of overcoming mental illness inspired her, and when she landed her first paid writing job, Jennifer decided to stop hiding behind a pen name. 

When WhatToExpect.com published her first article with Jennifer's byline, it was also picked up by AOL.com (the parent company). The outpouring of support and gratitude when that piece hit the Internet with her real name was overwhelming. She knew immediately that disclosing was the right decision. She could finally talk about all parts of her life, and not just the shiny, fun moments.

About six months later, Jennifer had the idea to launch a theater show. She wanted to give others the same opportunity she had - a stage on which to share their story of living a successful life despite mental illness. Jennifer met her Co-Founder, Anne Marie Ames, at a mutual friend's party and recruited her to help put the project out to the world.

Jennifer and Anne Marie launched This Is My Brave on Kickstarter in October of 2013 and the excitement surrounding the project grew and grew. They offered tickets to the first show and handmade "BRAVE" bracelets, among other items, as rewards for financial pledges of support. Within 31 days, the campaign had surpassed their goal of $6500 to fund the first show, ending up with over $10,000 in contributions. It was clear that the community wanted to help bring this show to life - they believed in the vision and Jennifer and Anne Marie were dedicated to delivering an exceptional production.

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Do you have a story to share? Craft your piece via poetry, original music, personal essay or even a comedy set. Yes, experiencing mental illness can be funny, believe it or not. :)

On July 5th we're holding auditions for our Elkins Park, PA show (scheduled for October 18th) at The White Pines Place. We’re seeking individuals who have a talent in writing or music and are ready to share their story of living a successful life despite having experienced a mental health issue. Each essay, original song, poem or comedy set must not exceed 5 minutes in length. Think of your piece as a “snippet” of your life, rather than your entire life story.

Click here to sign up for an audition slot!
 

View our YouTube Channel for examples of stories we feature:https://www.youtube.com/user/thisismybrave

We can't wait to hear your BRAVE!

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

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ABINGTON ART CENTER, PULLEY & BUTTONHOLE THEATRE COMPANY, and WHITE PINES PRODUCTIONS announce the return of Shakespeare in the Summer with a production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to be presented August 6, 7, 8 & 9 2018 at 7pm on the lawn of Alverthorpe Manor at the Abington Art Center. The three arts organizations are excited to once again bring an opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience the beauty of Shakespeare’s language in the beauty of the great outdoors. Instead of a fixed ticket price this year, the performances this year are “Pay What You Will,” in the hopes that this will encourage more people to give outdoor Shakespeare a try.

Shakespeare in the Summer works within the Original Practices style of presenting Shakespeare, meant to simulate the way Shakespeare's own company prepared his plays, and to rediscover a spontaneity, joy, and immediacy in performance. The show is cast, scripts distributed, and lines are learned without rehearsal. The actors will gather weekly to play games, study the play, learn techniques, and create an ensemble.  As Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director of White Pines says, "we are attempting to imitate the way Shakespeare's actors prepared his plays for performance. It can be scary at first, but brings an unmatched spontaneity to performances." Every performance is a new experience for the audience and the ensemble!

In addition, local musician Alex Bartlett is creating original music and  Chrissie Leech of JENKINTOWN DANCE ARTS will once again work with a children’s corps to create a dance interlude. Bridget Reilly Beauchamp, Artistic Director of Pulley & Buttonhole says, "we adore collaborating with Chrissie--her ideas are fun and challenging. She encourages the children—and the adults—to have physical fun with Shakespeare!”

Abington Art Center is looking forward to once again hosting this band of motley players. Beth Lawing, Live Arts Coordinator of AAC says, "this is the sort of thing we love here. Being able to come together with other local arts organizations to give our neighbors a chance to experience something exciting is what we're here for.”

So bring a blanket, a picnic, and some bug spray and get ready to enjoy an evening of spontaneous Shakespeare under the stars!

Twelfth Night August 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 7pm (gates open at 6) at

Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown PA 19046.

For more information: www.shakespeareinthesummer.wordpress.com.

Pulitzer Prize winner to teach at White Pines

June 2, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Doug Wright, author of I Am My Own Wife, to lead weekend intensive

From June 15th through June 17th, internationally produced playwright and screenwriter Doug Wright will lead Writing for the Stage at the White Pines Place in Elkins Park, PA. “These weekends are meant to offer local artists a unique opportunity to better themselves by working with master teachers on focused topics and disciplines,” says White Pines’ Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. “We are thrilled to be hosting such a great collection of teachers!”

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Doug Wright was most recently represented on Broadway by the musical War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, which played at the Nederlander Theater.  His earlier plays include I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), Posterity, and Quills (Obie Award), as well as books for the musicals Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on A Hardbody. (Drama Desk Nomination).  He adapted and directed August Strindberg’s Creditors for the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009.  Films include the screen adaptation of Quills (Paul Selvin Award, WGA) and production rewrites for director Rob Marshall, Steven Spielberg and others.  Acting credits include two appearances on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and the films Little Manhattan and Two Lovers.   He is president of The Dramatists Guild and on the Board of The New York Theater Workshop.  He has received grants from United States Artists and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and New York University (MFA).   He has been a frequent guest at Yaddo and the MacDowell Art Colonies, and has taught or guest lectured at the Yale Drama School, Princeton University, Julliard and NYU.

“I am thrilled to be supporting Ben and White Pines, and excited to meet all the budding writers at the weekend intensive!” said Wright. The weekend intensives will generally run Friday nights, and then during the day Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $250 per person and can be paid in full, or on an installment plan. Discounts are offered for those taking more than one weekend. 

More information and registration can be found at 

http://www.whitepinesproductions.org/summer-intensives

Contact:

Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director White Pines Productions

877-674-8338

discover.wpp@gmail.com

 

IMPROVAPALOOZA!

Five shows in four weeks? It's an . . . 

IMPROVAPALOOZA!

Bright Invention

Bright Invention

Call it spring fever, call it tomfoolery, call it what you will - White Pines is presenting five improv show in four weeks, featuring three brand new shows! 

Boden and Lloyd

Boden and Lloyd

And we have a challenge for our massive audience: anyone who sees all five shows gets into all remaining White Pines improv shows FREE for the rest of 2018! 

Improvapalooza you say?

  1. Friday May 4th, 8 pm, Boys vs. Girls. Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore PA 19003.Calling the Main Line! It's our newest show at our newest venue! Tickets click here. 
  2. Saturday May 5th, 8 pm, Boys vs. Girls. White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park PA 19027. It's always better the second time! Tickets click here. 
  3. Friday May 18th, 8 pm, The Deep End. White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park PA 19027. Boden and Lloyd return for their wild and woolly two-hander! Tickets click here.
  4. Thursday May 24th, 8 pm, In The Round. Calvary Methodist Church, 801 S 48th St, Philadelphia PA 19143. Our final West Philly show! Tickets click here.
  5. Friday June 1st, 8 pm, As Yet Untitled Improv. White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park PA 19027. PHIT improv star Kristen Schier and Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd create a show so new, so daring, it doesn't have a name yet! Tickets click here.

Boden & Lloyd returns . . . in Virginia!

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Josh Boden

Josh Boden

Last summer, Bright Invention Artisitc Director Benjamin Lloyd and Bright Invention member Joshua Boden created "Boden & Lloyd", a two-act longform with  . . .  just the two of them. Inspired by the duet longforms of TJ & Dave, Bassprov, and Razowsky and Bernard, The Deep End is inspired by conversations with the audience occurring just before the show. 

Benjamin Lloyd

Benjamin Lloyd

Then Joshua up and moved to Virginia! How dare he! But the desire to continue creating is relentless . . . so, come on down to Staunton VA for  the weekend, take in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and swing by The Kettle Saturday night for . . .

 

The Deep End,

with Boden and Lloyd! 

Tickets at the door only . . .