A fascinating stage play that explores the inner lives, struggles,
and triumphs of people with schizophrenia and their family members.
The play's characters are composites of real life stories of those with schizophrenia or by their caregivers. In every regard, the play strives to be an accurate portrayal of the mental illness and how it affects all those involved.
Found Lives gives the public a rare glimpse into the experiences and daily life of people with schizophrenia. Everything you will hear in this stage play are based on real life experiences. Only names and places were changed to enhance the privacy of the bloggers. Found Lives is a unique and unflinchingly honest theater piece about living with schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness based in faulty brain functioning which affects 1% of the population worldwide, yet is poorly understood by the public. Most media reports of schizophrenia revolve around rare sensational events which makes it difficult for the public to truly understand the experience of individuals with schizophrenia and their needs. Found Lives was designed as a theater experience to enhance public understanding of the human side of this illness and reduce the stigma which is associated with schizophrenia.
Found Lives was first presented as a staged reading by local actors directed by Michael Wehrli. Performances were given on June 18 & 25, 2009 at OHSU Old Library Auditorium. On October 16, 2009, a full production was presented at Artist Repertory Theatre in Portland as a fund raiser for NAMI Multnomah, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It was co-production by New Moon Productions andNAMI.
A question-and-answer session with a psychiatrist, the playwrights, and cast followed the performance. Proceeds from the fund-raising event went towards supporting NAMI’s many programs. The show was directed by Michael Wehrli, and the cast included Sara Kennedy Adams, Brynn Baron, Mike Borgstrom, Jessica Brand, Cheryl Green, Donovan Snyder, and Pamela Stringer.
It is our sincere wish to see other productions of this important stage play.
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Various feedback from those with schizophrenia, caregivers, family members, and those in the medical community: