Real Live Theatre Presents: When The Mind's Free

Real Live Theatre Presents: When The Mind's Free

Friday, July 26, 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Repeats until Sunday, August 4, 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm
An original dance-theatre piece about a lesbian family navigating early-onset Alzheimer's, in conversation with King Lear

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RLT premieres our original piece of devised dance-theatre When The Mind’s Free, which follows a contemporary lesbian couple and their adult daughters as they navigate Alzheimer’s disease and addiction, and seek light in their darkest times.

Each performance concludes with a facilitated community conversation calling forth the lived experiences of audience members impacted by the themes of the play, providing a safe space where people can feel grief, hope, recovery, and a sense of belonging and community.

When The Mind's Free has been developed over a five-year period of improvisation and in conversation with Shakespeare’s King Lear, as well as in consultation with memory care organizations, caretakers, families, and individuals dealing with memory loss.

*Masks will be required for audiences Sunday, July 28 & Saturday, August 3; masking is optional at all other shows. This play includes Mature Content.*

Directed by: Toby Vera Bercovici

Featuring: Carolyn Goelzer, Myka Plunkett, Annelise Nielsen, Liz Stanton, Linda Tardif

Design & Production Team: Choreography by Annelise Nielsen, Lighting Design by Ezekiel Baskin, Sound Design & Composition by Samuel V. Perry, Costume Design by Mikayla Reid, Stage Management by Nat Solomon, Produced by Ellen Morbyrne for RLT

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Special thanks to the Mass Cultural Council for their vital support this year in the form of a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant for Organizations, as well as a Festivals & Projects Grant. We'd also like to thank the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for their support in the form of a Flexible Funding grant. We couldn't do this work without you!