It is not in vain that Providence is called The Creative Capital; we have a good concoction of cultures, flavors, and rhythms, as well as many artists injecting life and energy into the city. I enjoy this mix and often drag my kids to cultural events, may they too develop an appreciation of varied forms of art. For our latest special date, Aleck and I attended Friday Night Live, a weekly family friendly Improv show where a group of talented performers make it up as they go.
We had lots of laughs during this interactive show where the actors often ask the
audience to provide random words as inspiration for their improv skits. Part of the show is an acoustic guitarist that gives the performance an extra kick. They also have an Open
Stage Night once a month where members of the audience get their 5 minutes of fame to perform a skit of their own. This clean comedic performance, which was named Best of Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly, is family and wallet friendly at $5 per person. Aleck and I absolutely enjoyed it. He was happy I brought him to the show as our special date, and took many pictures of the skits. I was glad to have such a handsome companion (not that I am biased ;))at this event.
Friday Night Live is part of the Everett company, “a cross-cultural, cross-generational group of artists that creates original evening-length dance theater performances, produces film and video, carries out a wide range of educational programs, and mentors new generations of young artists” as stated on their website “Everett, through its Company, Stage and School, brings live art to diverse audiences. With a 25-year history, a Company that tours nationally; a vibrant Stage of monthly programming; and a School that offers free classes to low-income youth in everything from ballet to improvisation, Everett is at the forefront of integrating art and community… No one is turned away for lack of funds and 95% of students attend classes for free.”
At the end of the performance Bianca, one of the talented young actors, asked us to watch a short promo video for a film she’s hoping to produce as part of her final thesis at Emerson College. In her own words
“Got You tells the story of an 8 year old girl’s discovery of her mother’s suicidal thoughts. This film aims to raise awareness for depression and suicide and how it impacts the relationships we have with our loved ones. I would be so eternally grateful if you could help make this film a reality. Every dollar toward a donation counts, but even if you can’t help out financially, please spread the word! We NEED to raise $5000 by December 3rd!”
I strongly encourage you to help. Donations start as low as $1. As someone who has dealt with postpartum depression, and still deal with clinical depression and SAD, I know how painful and alienating this condition can be, and the profound effect it has on one’s relationships.
Here is the link to the “Kickstarter” page where you can learn more information and also donate: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gotyou/got-you-an-emerson-college-bfa-short-film