SUICIDE STORIES (Elephant Room Productions): 2017 Fringe review

Suicide-Stories-fringe-festivalElephant In the Room Productions lives up to its namesake in SUICIDE STORIES: GALLERY OF THE UNTOLD – unpacking the taboo silence surrounding suicide.  This thoughtful ensemble of nine vignettes reveals the pulsating center of a phenomenon claiming 121 lives daily, providing much needed context behind the 10th leading cause of death in America.  A “gallery of untold stories” forges far beyond the hard facts – questing to understand the motivation and struggle brewing inside a person willing to take their own live. While at the same time, excavating beautiful moments of humanity for the shattered hearts left behind.

Inside a large room, divided into sections, nine performances happen simultaneously and continually while the audience parcels off visiting booths at their discretion.  Each intimate story share uses a different artistic modality – be it spoken word, painting, a podcast, or clay molding – to express the often repressed.  Tears shed.  Vulnerability shines.  And by the end, an inexplicable morsel of hope rises from within – the afterglow of bearing witness, being seen, and having the privilege to be let into another’s heartache.  A surprising reminder of how good it is just to be alive.  

[Asian Arts Initiative] September 12-17, 2017;

2 Replies to “SUICIDE STORIES (Elephant Room Productions): 2017 Fringe review”
  1. Thank you, Julia. Those voices need to be heard, indeed. Here are three links into that dark world, which still remains a taboo in our society. The fourth link provides a telephone number where people can text with a counselor in the U.S. 24/7, rather than talking on the phone to stay more anonymous.

    1. Even Talking about Suicide Is Difficult: Nine playwrights on collaborative playwriting with Elephant Room Productions

    2. Tackling Suicide on Stage: Interviews with Nine Playwrights

    3. “I Just Wanted To Be Happy”: SUICIDE STORIES, a Fringe preview

    4. Texting on depression and suicide with a counselor 24/7

    May all these articles, interviews, and links help to save lives.

    Henrik Eger, editor

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