Category Archives: Public Performances

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

First Responders, Our First Story Showcase, SOLD OUT!

    Stef Tovar* and Joshua J. Volkers performing First Responders  Brian Warner, who shared his story, and Artistic Director Heather Bodie on CBS 2.  Discussing First Responders on Fox 32. Joshua J. Volkers, Brian Warner, and Stef Tovar who performed Brian’s story in First Responders. We are so grateful to everyone who made First Responders a sold-out success! For this showcase, first-hand mental health experiences from a police officer and a firefighter were collected; the stigmas, … Continue reading

Story Showcase: First Responders

Story Showcase: First Responders A showcase of new work exploring the mental health experiences of police, firefighters, and others who encounter traumatic events in the line of duty. November 12–14, 2018   CHICAGO – Erasing the Distance is proud to announce its Story Showcase: First Responders, a timely exploration of the mental health experiences of firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement officers. Many uniformed first responders encounter traumatic events in the line of duty. And they … Continue reading

Thank You for a Successful DocFest 2018

DocFest 2018 is in the books! We would like to thank EVERYONE who came to the festival. Whether you joined us for monologue readings, workshops, or performances—or a combination of all three—we are thrilled you were a part of this year’s event. This year, DocFest 2018 buzzed with energy and enthusiasm. We had incredible responses from audiences and artistic teams. We were able to have these performances, and promote healing, due to your participation. It … Continue reading

Get Your Ticket for IGNITE 2018

Each year, we gather at IGNITE to celebrate the transformative impact of our work and express our deep appreciation for people like you. Your attendance is needed to make this event a success! Click here to purchase tickets to IGNITE 2018 IGNITE 2018 features: Cocktails and socializing Culinary delights by local chef Zeeshan Shah Stellar auction items A series of Erasing the Distance performances DJ OCD spinning tunes And more…     More About DJ … Continue reading

Get Involved. Volunteer in 2018!

Join us! Get more involved with Erasing the Distance this year—a growing, thriving arts organization. What we do is unique. At Erasing the Distance, we use documentary theatre to spark dialogue and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health. You will become part of a focused group of individuals committed to creating good work in a sustainable and collaborative work environment. Board of Directors Our Board of Directors is integral to Erasing the Distance. As … Continue reading

Documentary Theater Performances in 2018

We create documentary theater, all of our scripts are built from interviews. We use the words of individuals impacted by mental health issues for each performance. These words, then performed by professional actors, can improve lives.  “Erasing the Distance was moving and significant in its acting. [The performances are] a means of increasing awareness and decreasing stigma” – audience member at Mental Health & Aging Conference on November 8, 2017. As we look forward in … Continue reading

Amy Sarno Discusses “The Holidays Unwrapped”

Erasing the Distance Artistic Director Amy Sarno shares how she came to build The Holidays Unwrapped, a music-filled performance that braids together the real stories of nine people. The show is an exploration of how to manage stress during the holiday season.   Why did you want to do a holiday show? During the holiday season, many feel anxiety and depression. The expectations and family dynamics can be triggers for people, both individuals with mental … Continue reading

The Cast for “The Holidays Unwrapped”

The Holidays Unwrapped is the first Erasing the Distance performance to explore the touching moments and the frustrating fights of the holiday season. “The chaos and commotion of the holidays is inescapable. We’re surrounded by Rockwellian images of family harmony, and often our families don’t look like the same. The Holidays Unwrapped features a collection of real family stories,” says Artistic Director Amy Sarno. A music-filled performance that braids together the real stories of nine people, … Continue reading