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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Jersey Theatre Alliance in partnership with Atlantic Health System present 'Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers Stories'





CAREGIVERS’ STORIES TO TAKE THE STAGE IN UNIQUE THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE

New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”), a consortium of the state’s professional theatres, has partnered with Atlantic Health System, one of the largest health care systems in New Jersey, to present Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers Stories, a theatrical production weaving together stories about the experience of being a caregiver. Healing Voices OnStage is part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival, a month-long festival of theatre with dozens of free and low-cost theatre events throughout the state.

“The arts are an essential component to health, healing, and well-being,” said Maria Lupo, manager of the Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System. “In caregiving, there are aspects that are both unique to the individual and shared among many. Because it transcends the science of medicine, we felt these perspectives could make a compelling subject for performance art.”

The Alliance identified two theatres, Writers Theatre of New Jersey and Premiere Stages, and worked with Atlantic Health System to collect stories from professional caregivers, as well as from members of the general public who had a personal story to share.

“We are always looking to identify partnerships to help promote the power of theatre,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “This new initiative with Atlantic Health System enables the Alliance and two of our member theatres to put a spotlight on the caregiver experience. We are delighted to play a role in helping Atlantic Health System advance their Healing Arts Program through theatre. We look forward to hearing the stories at Healing Voices OnStage, which I'm sure will be a night to remember."

Creative prose, poetry, and theatrical monologues written by 25 caregivers have been interwoven into several 10-minute monologues. The monologues will be read by professional actors on Thursday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m., at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morristown. The event is free and open to the public. To register, call 1-800-247-9580. For more information, call 973-660-3533, visit www.atlantichealth.org/healingarts, or e-mail healingarts@atlantichealth.org.



The Healing Arts Program provides opportunities to experience health and well-being by bringing literary, performing, and visual arts to patients, staff, and communities. As one of the largest health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System is poised to be a major force in the growing integration of arts and health in New Jersey.

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