Yearly Archives: 2019

That Night: The Production Team

The programs are in! Opening night is only a week away.  That Night  follows the story of Dana Holland—wrongfully incarcerated for over a decade—and his path toward exoneration. Karen, his attorney, is also depicted. Brian Weddington and Susie Griffith will be performing the roles respectively, you can learn more about Brian and Susie here.  As we head into tech we want to introduce you to our talented production team. Jana Ross (Co-Adapter) is a documentary theatre artist, … Continue reading

Brian Weddington and Susie Griffith Have Been Cast In That Night!

We are thrilled to announce Brian Weddington and Susie Griffith have been cast in That Night! That Night Opens April 12 Get Your Tickets Today! That Night is an exploration into the mental health impact of the criminal justice system on the lives of those it touches. The play follows the story of Dana Holland—wrongfully incarcerated for over a decade—as he recounts the events leading to his conviction and his path toward exoneration. Karen, his attorney, … Continue reading

Erasing the Distance’s UnGala 2019!

 Erasing the Distance cordially invites you to Take Care of You! That’s right, you are not invited to a gala with dancing in uncomfortable heels and stiff suits. On March 9, you are invited to Erasing the Distance’s first ever #SelfCareUnGala. There is no babysitter to pay and no small-talk to make. Instead, do what you need to take care of you, from take-out food in your pajamas to a long talk with a friend. … Continue reading

Reverend Cheryl T. Magrini Joins the Erasing the Distance Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Magrini to our Board of Directors! Reverend Cheryl T. Magrini, M.S.Ed., M.T.S., Ph.D., has served Chicago area United Methodist churches for over 30 years. Since 2005 her ministry has been with the First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple including teaching biblical studies that connect faith to life and shepherding the congregation’s mental health task force. In 2011, her family lost their son, Dan, to bipolar disorder at age … Continue reading

That Night Co-Adapter and Stage Manager: Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson became involved with Erasing the Distance when she was a senior at Dominican University. At that time, Artistic Director Heather Bodie was leading a residency at the school. Heather taught a class on the methodology of Erasing the Distance in fall of 2017. The class collected 22 stories, including stories from two teachers, two graduate students, and one alumni. Most of the stories were collected from undergraduate students. Of the stories collected, 10 were … Continue reading