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UCLA’s NPI Out-Patients: “The Case of the Missing Piece of Paper”

The Imagination Workshop sponsors a production once or twice every year, and is UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute’s theater improvisation therapy program at the Semel Institute in which their out-patients, the mentally ill including schizophrenic, autistic and bi-polar patients, help write, direct and act in their own theatrical creations. This short play “The Case of the Missing Piece of Paper” will be performed March 25th and March 26th, Thursday and Friday nights.
BE SURE TO RSVP AT: [masked] From the Imagination Workshop’s website: “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.”
BE SURE TO RSVP AT: [masked] Come see this entertaining play and support this very worthy cause and its deserving participants. Donations for support and funding are very much appreciated. Free admission.
B&C group members can gather at 7:45 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 Lindhardt, Event Host and volunteer for Imagination Workshop, then move onto somewhere in Westwood Village if desired. Directions:
http://www.semel.ucla... East side of Westwood Blvd., just north of LeConte, ground floor Parking: $$ Paid parking at UCLA hospital.
Free parking on side streets South of LeConte. About the Semel Institute:
http://www.semel.ucla... Our B&C member and Event Host, Christina Linhardt, a singer and actress, has volunteered her services for the Imagination Workshop for several years:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    How could it get better than this? Truly refreshing, funny, amazing actors, well written, simple and so imaginative. My entertainment lawyer friend loved it as much as I did! Thank you so much for sending this our way!

    March 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was absolutely delightful. I was deeply impressed with the wonderful writing, acting and dancing. It's really incredible to come to an event like this to see these patients memorize their parts to an entire play that is so entertaining. The humor was great and the mystery of the "case" was intriguing. I laughed out loud many times. I am also very impressed with the dedication of the volunteers who commit to this worthy cause which spans months for a single production, and bring an avenue of creative expression, joy, and the challenge to come "out" for these deserving people. I can't wait for their next production.

    March 26, 2010

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