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November 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 16, 2019
One event on November 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on November 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on November 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on November 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm
With refreshing humour, this memoir-play cracks open the stigma around mental health and waits for your response.
Comedian and certified insane person Jan Derbyshire turns the audience into a mental health review board to help determine her current state of sanity. Through this fiercely funny one-woman show, Jan tells you all about her experience being certified a total of 8 times, and how she got to where she is today. Join the irreverent fun of Jan’s journey through the mental health system and grapple with hefty questions like how do we define “crazy” and who gets to decide? In this case, you do.
Jan says, “I think that it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to laugh at something that we don’t think we can laugh at and to experience that opening from an audience and then take them a little deeper, and then bring in other laughs… I really treat depression with humour. If I [lose] my own humour, then I will be listening to stand-up or finding whatever I can to kind of right myself again.”
Touchstone Theatre Artistic Director and Certified Director, Roy Surette, adds, “Mental health issues have come out of the closet recently, though there still is much stigma attached—especially suicide ideation and harrowing pharmaceutical experiences like the ones Jan has lived through. Employing her audacious, articulate writing style, Jan creates candid, compelling material about discovering her need for vigilant self-care. Her background as a trailblazing, queer, female stand-up comedian and her vast experience as a playwright-performer contributes to making Certified a rich and unique work.”
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