"The Legend of the Herald” is a very funny, entertaining, original theater work written and acted by NPI Out-Patients from the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior working with Imagination Workshop.
Imagination Workshop (IW) is a non-profit theater arts organization committed to using the unique power of the theater to provide life-changing artistic opportunities to psychiatric patients, homeless veterans, seniors, and ‘at-risk’ young people. Through their groundbreaking workshops, participants experience significant improvements in their social, occupational and psychological functioning.
IW programs give troubled people, alienated or overlooked by society, a safe way to express themselves and gain insights that often help make their lives more successful. Group participants synthesize thoughts and feelings in the realm of metaphor through creating and portraying fictional characters far removed from themselves under the direction of specially-trained professional theatre artists.
From the Imagination Workshop’s website: http://www.imaginationworkshop.org/Welcome.html.
“In a recent study, Dr. Lynn Fairbanks demonstrated that patients who participated in the Imagination Workshop treatment had an average improvement of 38% in their social, occupational and psychological functioning, while patients in the traditional role play groups had a 22% improvement. Dr. Fairbanks concluded that Imagination Workshop is “a valuable program with demonstrated therapeutic benefits for patients with serious psychiatric disorders.
Imagination Workshop has drawn together hundreds of renowned actors, writers and directors from Broadway, film and television -- including such well-known talents as Robert Altman, Susan Sarandon, Ted Danson and Sam Waterston -- to create transformative theater-based experiences with more than forty-five thousand Imagination Workshop participants. Currently, Imagination Workshop programs benefit patients at the Semel Institute, veterans at New Directions (a non-profit residential self-help program for homeless veterans on the Veterans Administration campus in West Los Angeles) and “at-risk” children at the Accelerated School and Olympic High School in Los Angeles. These groups represent a broad spectrum of income levels and ethnicities.”
The play will be presented at the Semel Institute Auditorium on the UCLA campus.
About the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior: http://www.semel.ucla.edu/semel.
You will be able to make a Donation for support and funding which are very much appreciated at the sign-in table. Otherwise, help this good work by visiting the IW website to make a donation at: http://www.imaginationworkshop.org/Make%20a%20Donation.html.
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There will be lots of available seats, so come anyway if you are not able to make your reservations.
Directions to the building:
The theatre is located on the east side of Westwood Blvd., just north of LeConte, ground floor.
$$ Paid parking at UCLA hospital.
Free parking on side streets South of LeConte.
B&C group members can gather in the lobby, across from the first door into the auditorium, to the left of the women's restroom. Entrance into the play will be No-Host. Cookies will be served in the lobby after the play. Our group can gather at the same spot for refreshments and socializing after the play with Christina Linhardt, our Event Host who volunteers for Imagination Workshop.
Our B&C member and Event Host, Christina Linhardt, a singer, dancer and actress, is a driving force behind these projects and dedicates her time and services every year to the Imagination Worksho. Visit her website at: http://www.circussanctuary.com/.
I've attended two of these plays and they are absolutely delightful! Always remarkably well written, very funny and creatively expressed. I'm sure you'll be impressed.
Please come and support the efforts of these creative and brave NPI Out-Patient individuals who seek to improve their lives!