Wed May 9, 2018 6:30pm – 8:45pm

Fellowship Place Event: Critically Acclaimed Play ‘FROM SHIP TO SHAPE’

Sponsored by: Fellowship Place

Fellowship Place is pleased to invite the public to see the Connecticut premiere of Walker Vreeland’s critically acclaimed one-man play ‘FROM SHIP TO SHAPE’ On May 9, 2018 at 6:30pm in the main building of Fellowship’s campus at 441 Elm Street in New Haven.

“…FROM SHIP TO SHAPE is a funny and gut-wrenching autobiographical monologue about one young man’s struggle with mental illness in today’s world.  It’s about losing your mind while chasing your dreams, the journey in pursuit of healing, and how a cruise ship can push you over the edge.” 

In the summer of 2003, Vreeland got a job as a lead singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines, but he could never have imagined the voyage that lay ahead. Boarding the Bermuda-bound ship would mark the onset of a mental breakdown so severe he would wake up months later in 1 of the 101 beds at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Mood Disorder Psychiatric Ward. Years later, and now an actor and award-winning radio personality, Vreeland has decided to “fight the darkness with humor and pathos” in this autobiographical monologue. “I had been keeping a journal throughout the cruise ship debacle and throughout the months that followed, through the time I was hospitalized and then for a long time after,” he says. Vreeland found a narrative through these journals. Under the direction of Academy Award & Emmy Award winning producer and director, Milton Justice, Vreeland’s tragicomic story is about the relentless pursuit of healing. It took him seven years to write, edit and get the piece stage ready. The one-man musical made its New York premiere in September 2017 and enjoyed a critically acclaimed, sold-out Off-Broadway run at Theatre Row as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival.

The event, which will be held in the main building of Fellowship’s campus at 441 Elm Street in New Haven, will kick off community celebrations for “May is Mental Health Awareness Month”. At 6:30pm, just prior to the performance, guests may visit the art room for refreshments and an art exhibit displaying original artworks created by the artists of Fellowship Place’s Expressive Arts program. Following the 7:00 performance will be an audience talk-back with Mr. Vreeland.

Tickets are $25 each, students pay $10 with student ID. Tickets may be reserved by contacting Melissa Holroyd, Development Director at 203-401-4227 x1211, or visiting http://fellowshipplace.org/the-ct-premiere-of-walker-vreelands-from-ship-to-shape

Fellowship Place’s mission is to serve adults living with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life.  Open 365 days a year, our campus community serves over 750 people annually, the majority of which suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Services provided are designed to help increase their stability, self-sufficiency, and help them function at the highest level possible, including help with basic needs, meals, socialization, skill-building groups, case management, job training and career development services, expressive arts programs, computer classes, physical recreation and more. The agency also provides supportive housing for 45 individuals who live in our apartment buildings located near the main campus.  Fellowship Place is committed to helping the mentally ill, their families, and the public realize that with proper treatment and support, people with a mental illness can be successful and contribute to the vibrancy of our community.

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Admission: $25
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