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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2012

CONTACT: Jennifer Mathews, ETD Communications Director 773.209.3889 / jen@erasingthedistance.org

Erasing the Distance closes its inaugural artistic season with the world premiere of GOOD ENOUGH, a play featuring the true stories of five women living with depression or bipolar disorder FOUR NIGHTS ONLY! May 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2012 at 7:30pm. Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL. Regular Tickets: $15 advance purchase, $20 at door. To purchase tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com and search “Erasing the Distance.” PRESS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE MONDAY, MAY 14TH SHOW! Please direct your RSVP to 773-209-3889 or jen@erasingthedistance.org. CHICAGO – Erasing the Distance (ETD) is proud to announce the final production of our inaugural artistic season: the world premiere of GOOD ENOUGH, directed by Genevieve Thompson. GOOD ENOUGH is a play of monologues featuring the true stories of five remarkable women living with depression or bipolar disorder. Through waves of humor, anger, hope and pain, each woman navigates her own unique path toward discovering just what it means to be “good enough.” GOOD ENOUGH May 14, 2012: Opening Night Reception and Performance Drinks and Hors d’Oeuvres at 6:00pm, show at 7:30pm Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at door May 15, 21, 22: Performance Only 7:30pm Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door, $10 students/seniors/groups of 10+ Adapted by: Antonia Clifford, Nick Inzeo, Amelia Justice, Brighid O’Shaughnessy, Krisanna Sharon & Meredith Siemsen Directed by: Genevieve Thompson Actors: Maggie Choumbakos, Katie Genualdi, Jennifer Mathews, Stephanie Leigh Rose, and Meredith Siemsen Production Team: Production Manager: Jennifer Shine (Production Manager), Deanna Foley (Stage Manager), Mac Vaughey (Lighting Designer), and Christopher Kriz (Sound Designer). Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL To purchase tickets, please visit brownpapertickets.com and search “Erasing the Distance.” For more information, email event@erasingthedistance.org.


Erasing the Distance presents GOOD ENOUGH – pg. 2 Erasing the Distance (ETD) is a not-for-profit arts organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre. Founded in 2005, ETD uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health. ETD collects true stories from people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues. We sculpt the stories into theatrical pieces for the stage, which our ensemble of professional actors then perform for schools, faith groups, community organizations, and the general public. Every performance is followed by a moderated, interactive dialogue with the audience that addresses the themes they have just seen. So far, Erasing the Distance has reached over 30,000 audience members. GOOD ENOUGH marks the closing production of ETD’s first-ever artistic season, which opened in January 2012 with Finding Peace in This House, a play created in partnership with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology that played to soldout houses every night. Other recent ETD productions include a custom collaboration with OCD Chicago entitled OCD: Real Stories, Real People and a performance at The Arts Center of Oak Park to help launch the Say It Out Loud campaign. For more information about ETD, please visit www.erasingthedistance.org. Brighid O’Shaughnessy (ETD Founder/Executive Artistic Director) is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Erasing the Distance. A sought-after speaker and workshop leader, she has presented at such places as University of Illinois Chicago, DePaul University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, the Chicago Arts Educator Forum, and the National Active Minds Conference. Brighid holds a Masters of Arts degree from DePaul University, where she was granted the prestigious David O. Justice award for educating communities about mental health in non-traditional and creative ways. Two years ago, she was named one of 200 leaders in the U.S. making a significant difference in their community by Extra Mile America. She has a B.A. in Theatre from Santa Clara University, where she directed True Colors, a social-issue theatre ensemble. She has studied with Michael Rohd, internationally known activist and artist. Brighid’s experience as a director, actor and teacher committed to social change has spanned over 15 years, including time leading the Thresholds Theatre Arts Project and Redmoon's Dramagirls, as well as creating many original productions with Chicago Public School teens based on their own personal stories. She also taught at the Acting Studio Chicago for five years. Brighid is a mental health educator with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Chicago and is certified in Mental Health First Aid. Genevieve Thompson (director) is working with ETD for the first time on GOOD ENOUGH. Her previous directing work has primarily been seen at Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, a company that she co-founded and led for several years before its recent close. Directing credits there include Escape from Happiness, The Grapes of Wrath, The Lady from Dubuque, My Thing of Love, Cloud 9, and The Kentucky Cycle (Jeff Citations for Direction and Production). GOOD ENOUGH is sponsored by Rebecca’s Dream, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to changing the face of depression and bipolar disorder. For more information on Rebecca’s Dream, visit www.rebeccasdream.org. Please include this event in your listings. Please direct all questions and interview requests to Jennifer Mathews at 773.209.3889 or jen@erasingthedistance.org . ###


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