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 is possible for us to share true stories thanks to you, our audience members.

The two feature performances included the following:

LEARNING 101 - Part of Erasing the Distance's DocFest 2018.  

Learning 101

Focusing on whole child wellness, Learning 101 examined the role trauma plays in classrooms. Stories of Chicago Public School educators and students magnified an “average” school today and the challenges they face.

Adapters: Mariana Green* and Heather Schwartz
Director: Kira Silverstein
Performers: Meghan Harkins, Rolo Rodriguez, and PJ Walker

“What affected me the most is how similar the character’s story was to my own experience. It felt so real to me”

Learning 101 audience member ⠀

LEARNING 101 - Part of Erasing the Distance's DocFest 2018.

Rolo Rodriguez, PJ Walker,
and Meghan Harkins in Learning 101.

LEARNING 101 - Part of Erasing the Distance's DocFest 2018.

PJ Walker in
Learning 101.

LEARNING 101 - Part of Erasing the Distance's DocFest 2018.

Rolo Rodriguez in
Learning 101.

OVER THE MOON - Part of Erasing the Distance's DocFest 2018.  

 

Over the Moon

From puberty to menopause, the female reproductive system affects mental health. Over the Moon provided insight and compassion into the female experience—empathically examining fertility/infertility, illness, motherhood and more.

Adapters: Maura Kidwell* and Katie Relkin*
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt 
Performers: Claire Alpern and Claudia DiBiccari

*Erasing the Distance Artistic Company member

“The stories pulled me in and reminded me of my own life.”

Over the Moon audience member

OVER THE MOON - Part of Erasing the Distance's DocFest 2018.

Claudia DiBiccari in
Over the Moon.

OVER THE MOON - Part of Erasing the Distance's DocFest 2018.

Claire Alpern and Claudia DiBiccari in
Over the Moon.

OVER THE MOON - Part of Erasing the Distance's DocFest 2018.

Claire Alpern in
Over the Moon.

 

While our documentary festival of new work focusing on mental health issues is still young, we are learning how to communicate our work to new audiences. Your participation helps us grow and continue to see how the power of performance can disarm stigma, spark dialogue, and educate.

Thank you again for being part of DocFest 2018. We’re  buoyed by all of the positive feedback and are grateful for all of the connections we’ve made over the two-week stretch of DocFest 2018.

If you missed this year’s event, don’t fret! Planning has already begun for our 2019 festival. Plus, we have a variety of public productions happening throughout the year

 

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