Bodhi

Original Productions

Book: Zareh Artinian

Music/Lyrics: Melissa Carubia

Description

Cynthia, a freshman music major, struggles with depression and self-injury. Haunted by the voices in her head that remind her of all of the things that are wrong with her, every day is a battle. Thankfully, her girlfriend Pamela convinces timid Cynthia to join the college choir to show off her voice. Cynthia becomes wildly popular. After a series of events, Cynthia struggles deeply with her self-injurious behavior and finds herself in the Wellvue Inpatient Mental Health Facility.

Rationale

Approximately one fourth of Americans experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, and the onset typically occurs in adolescence or young adulthood.  We strive to educate everyone, but especially young people, so they can understand that a mental illness diagnosis doesn't end their potential.  With proper treatment, they can continue to strive for their goals and lead successful lives.

Where is it Now?

Beneath the Skin had it's world premiere in Boston, MA in April of 2019. The musical is planned to make an appearance in Kansas City in 2020.

 

works first produced by bodhi

Book: Kaitlin Gould

Description

Mirrors is a newly devised play about a young woman named Alice who is battling an eating disorder.  It follows her and the members of her group therapy as they all journey to a path of healing.  Mirrors addresses how eating disorders affect one's life and relationships, while dismantling stigma and misconceptions about disordered eating.  Through humor and absurdist style, we can laugh, cry, and feel for Alice and her comrades, as they find their own paths toward healing.

Rationale

Though awareness continues to grow, eating disorders remain one of the most fatal, underreported, and least talked about mental illnesses. Mirrors intends let the voices of those experiencing eating disorders be heard, educate audience members about the reality of eating disorders, and to smash the stigma associated with them.

Where is it Now?

Mirrors has been brought to Grandview High School, and is being used as a teaching tool in the theatre classroom.  Students are learning about social theatre, engaging in complex character study, and have even attended writing workshops led by playwright Kaitlin Gould.

BODHI

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knowledge understanding cognizance experience appreciation

consciousness discernment edification insight 

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