Healing Voices: Caregiver Stories
FRIDAY, MAY 7 at 7:00PM
New Jersey professional and family caregivers, as well as patients receiving care, were asked to submit creative prose, poetry, and theatrical pieces that reflect the theme of caregiving or the personal healing experience. Over 100 writers submitted pieces to the project for consideration. The 16 pieces selected by McCarter were then woven together by a professional director into an evening of virtual readings celebrating, exploring, and bearing witness to the caregiving experience.
The Healing Voices project is a partnership between New Jersey Theatre Alliance, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Premiere Stages, and Two River Theater Company. McCarter’s performance, as well as Healing Voices projects at the other participating theatres, were originally scheduled as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival last Spring. When the pandemic shut down all live performances, the theatres re-scheduled their events to this year
A virtual reading of the writers’ work by professional actors will take place via a Zoom webinar on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7PM. The event is free to the public, however registration is required.
“Although we were not able to gather in-person last spring to witness these performances of writing by caregivers, we are thrilled that our theatres have found innovative ways to share their stories. The pandemic has once again revealed how essential caregiving and caring for one another is to the fabric of our society. Whether someone is a professional health-care worker, a caregiver for a spouse or relative with a disability, or a parent caring for a child, these stories show the incredible compassion and strength of people who care for others. The New Jersey Theatre Alliance is privileged to be able to support our member theatres in lifting up these important voices through this program.”
—John McEwen, Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance
“What I most appreciate about the Healing Voices: Caregivers Stories on Stage program is that it offers people, both seasoned writers, and first-time writers, the opportunity to explore their complicated emotional connection to the theme of caregiving within a creative format. The arts are inherently therapeutic, and this program supports those benefits while also fostering a safe and welcoming community.”
—Brooke Boertzel, Director of Education and Engagement at McCarter
2021 NJTA STAGES FESTIVAL
This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2021 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind. www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages