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To Be Heard ~ Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe Presents Boxing Unformed / My Lunch with Randy

For 18 years, the non-profit group Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe has given a voice to those dealing with mental illness and the topic of mental health. Their latest production speaks about schizophrenia in a comedic way. The back and forth conversation that can be likened to a boxing match is to be heard and definitely to be seen. See details from the group below.

Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe presents Boxing Unformed / My Lunch with Randy a “post-modern comedy” that explores living with schizophrenia through dance, theatrical image-making and improvisation.

Upcoming Performances
October 23 and 24 ~ 8 pm
October 25 ~ 3 pm
At TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe
General admission $10 and $8 for students and seniors.
Sunday matinees are pay-what-you- can shows.

For reservations or more information, call (901) 274-1000.
Visit them on the web here.

More Details
The production will be directed by company founder Bill Baker and was written by long-time troupe member Randy Youngblood. This will be the tenth collaboration between the two men, and it’s fair to say that the company’s experimental techniques have developed to a large part from Baker’s efforts to bring Youngblood’s challenging texts to the stage.

Written in a style that has been described as “seemingly random non sequiturs gaining in resonance and texture,” Youngblood’s scripts like Supergroups A+, (1999), Country Spacecraft Ballerina (2002), Good Time Speech (2003) and Broadminded Mental Brains (2005) have pushed the company to develop its uniquely collaborative style of rehearsal and performance.“We self-consciously sought to represent the creative encounters that bring these words from the pen to the stage,” Baker said. “As the two old friends meet over a meal to discuss the play, the company will become the words of the script through dance, theatrical image-making and improvisation, with emphasis on improvisation. We’re excited. No two shows will be exactly the same.”

Created in 1991, Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe is a non-profit organization working to empower people marginalized by mental illness and striving to engage our community in dialogue about mental health.

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Poster (pictured above) designed by Allison Hennie.

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