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A Conversation with ‘Suicide, Incorporated’ Director, Jonathan Berry

Posted on: October 14th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, Roundabout’s Education Dramaturg, interviewed director Jonathan Berry to discuss the play.

Ted Sod: Why did you want to direct Suicide, Incorporated?

Jonathan Berry: For this play, I think Andrew has so beautifully and painfully captured what it is to be a young man in the world. The play is remarkably clear-eyed and honest in its dealing with the challenges society places on men – the perception that all men must remain strong, that somehow the showing of emotion is a sign of weakness, and the damage that can occur when there is no release from that pressure. The image of the man being strong and silent has dominated our perception of what is “correct” and is so deeply embedded in our cultural understanding. I am grateful to be a part of a vehicle that addresses that bias head on, while at the same time being honest about the challenges men face and compassionate to those who are struggling with it. It’s great to be a part of a project that dares to voice a truth that is often ignored.

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Truths on Suicide

Posted on: October 14th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Some people think suicide is a problem that only impacts people who experience traumatic life events.  In reality, suicide is generally the result of mental health conditions like depression. It can impact any family or community, so it’s important to know the facts and know how to recognize and address the warning signs.

5 Facts About Suicide

1. Suicide is the10th leading cause of death in America.

2. More then 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a treatable mental illness at the time of their death.

3. The most common conditions are:

- Major depression (especially when combined with alcohol and/or drug abuse)
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance abuse and dependence
- Schizophrenia
- Anxiety Disorders like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders

4. Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed.

5. Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80% and 90% of people with depression respond positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. But first, depression has to be recognized.

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A Conversation with ‘Sons of the Prophet’ director, Peter DuBois

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, Roundabout’s Education Dramaturg, interviewed director Peter DuBois to discuss The Sons of the Prophet.

Ted Sod: How did you get involved in this production and collaboration with Stephen?

 

Peter DuBois: The collaboration was in many ways an arranged marriage. Robyn Goodman and Todd Haimes were talking with Stephen about who he might want to work with on the show and they sent me the script. I really loved it. Stephen and I met and really hit it off. We had a subsequent dramaturgical conversation where we talked about the play and I gave him my thoughts on where I thought the draft was.  We talked about the sense of direction we wanted to head in and we were very much on the same page about it.

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