First Responders

November 12-14, 2018
Chicago Dramatists Theatre | Chicago, IL

Erasing the Distance - First Responders

Erasing the Distance’s first annual Story Showcase, First Responderswas a timely exploration of the mental health experiences of  law enforcement officers and firefighters. 

Many uniformed first responders encounter traumatic events in the line of duty. And they often face unique challenges to receiving mental health support, including cultural pressure to continue their day-to-day routine by any means necessary, despite difficulties.

The production resonated with many in the community. Each of the three nights sold out and Artistic Director Heather Bodie was featured on multiple media outlets. 

First Responders

Adapted by Heather Bodie and Jana Ross
Directed by Heather Bodie
Stage Managed by Lindsey Miller
Performed by Stef Tovar* and Joshua J. Volkers

*Member of Actor’s Equity Association

More first responders stories are being collected, shaped, and performed. To learn more about how to share these stories with your community, view the flyer or email Jana Ross at

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