Alegent Health Partners With Local Theatre Company to Shed Light on Depression & Suicide
BroadStreet Theatre Company presents ‘Night Mother play March 1-18, with a panel discussion featuring health experts Sunday, March 11, 2007.
Omaha, NE—Alegent Health is joining with Community Alliance, Lutheran Family Services and BroadStreet Theatre Company to heighten the public’s awareness and initiate dialogue on the subjects of depression and suicide. The organizations are standing behind the newly formed theatre group’s production of ‘Night, Mother, which runs March 1-18, 2007, at the Millennium Theatre. In addition, immediately following the play’s March 11 performance, John Lehnhoff, PhD, clinical psychologist with Alegent Health, will join a panel of health and human service experts, the cast and director to address the issue and answer questions.
“Many people in our community suffer from depression and thoughts of suicide in silence due to negative stigmas attached to both of these issues,” said Dr. Lehnhoff. “'Night, Mother helps shed light on these issues, encouraging dialogue and creating hope.”
'Night, Mother is a Pulitzer-prize winning play by Marsha Norma about a mother and daughter in crisis and one woman’s critical moment of decision that her life is no longer worth living. During the course of 90 minutes, these two women learn about each other’s past, present, and what has brought them to this moment, which culminates in dramatic fashion. Mary Carrick is the theatre company’s founder. She also produced and stars in the production, and says along with depression and suicide, ‘Night, Mother also delves into additional subject matter.
“It’s a deep piece. We learn a great deal about these two women who, despite being mother and daughter living under the same roof, really don’t know each other at all,” said Carrick. “I think we can all relate in some way to the complexities of family relationships – the misunderstandings, disappointments, dysfunctionalities and denials that often exist. Most all of us also know of someone who has gone through tough times, emotionally. This play speaks on so many levels. It’s even sprinkled with a touch of humor here and there. As with many dramas, we all need a chance to catch our breath.”
Performances of ‘Night, Mother are Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. (2 p.m. performance on March 18). Due to the mature content and subject matter of the play, ‘Night Mother is not recommended for young audiences. The Millennium Theatre is located at 601 South 16th Street in Omaha. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors and may be reserved by calling (402) 344-3257 or purchased online at www.BroadStreetTheatre.com.
Broadstreet Theatre Company
BroadStreet Theatre Company is an up and coming performing arts organization, located in Omaha, Neb. Founded by Mary Carrick, the company celebrates the power of the female voice, focusing on theatrical work that features prominent roles for women, is written/conceived by women playwrights, and/or touches on women’s issues. BroadStreet performs in various venues located throughout the Omaha metropolitan area and was featured during the Great Plains Theatre Conference held in June 2006.
Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,200 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 8,500 employees. Alegent Health is making healthcare better with an exceptional commitment to quality and by providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems.