On Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25, the Warner Theatre in association with Prime Time House will present Michael Ullman's Truly Dually.
Truly Dually is a play about the respect and dignity that all individuals deserve and fight to maintain, even in conditions of despair; it addresses stereotypes and misconceptions about the population of individuals who experience homelessness and mental illness. Above all, Truly Dually is a simple morality tale layered in metaphor and wit that depicts the spirit, generosity and humanity of those living on the streets, and the responsibility that all citizens share in understanding their plight and working to end this grave social problem.
About the story:This musical depicts the interaction between an individual living in the park and a typical family (husband, wife and child), as well as the engagement of a homeless, dually diagnosed person (someone with both mental illness and substance abuse) by a new, inexperienced outreach worker.
Tickets for Truly Dually are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Warner box office at 860-489-7180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org
The truth about homelessness:It is estimated that between three to four million individuals experience homelessness each year in the United States. On any given day, between 500,000 and 800,000 may be homeless, including an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 who are experiencing long-term homelessness. These individuals have a high prevalence of mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse, in addition to other physical disabilities.
To learn more about how you can help individuals with substance abuse problems and mental illness right her in our community, visit Prime Time House at http://primetimehouse.org/.
Sponsors: Torrington Savings Bank, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Value Options, Northwest Community BankandCommunity Foundation of Northwest Connecticut.
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat Studio Theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region. To learn more about the Warner Theatre, visit our website: www.warnertheatre.org.