Melissa Bangs makes her way to the stage for an evening of storytelling
Saturday, June 25th
Grab a bite to eat after the last session and then return for…
6:15 PM Cash Bar – 7:00 PM Performance
TICKETS AT www.playingmonopolywithgod.com
In September 2012, at 40 years old, Melissa Bangs gave birth to her beautiful daughter Adelaide. A month later, dramatically hormone depleted and sleep deprived, Melissa is admitted to the Providence Psychiatric Facilities in a complete manic state. After nearly a month, she is sent home with a bipolar diagnosis and on lithium. What comes next is an extraordinary journey back to wholeness, back to love.
On her journey back to wholeness, one of the things Bangs did was read her entire 100 plus page hospital record. Somewhere, around page 87, there is a nurse’s note that looks as if it were scribbled late at night after a long shift. It reads, “Patient says she will do comedy on this experience.” Upon reading this, Bangs laughed out loud.
The psych team couldn’t have possibly known that Bangs has been a storyteller her entire life and did comedy for a stint, as a student, at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade in New York City. They could’ t have known that transforming a few details and layers of the most painful experience of her life into a room full of laughter would prove healing for so many.
Join Melissa for an evening of true stories full of bewilderment, chaos and hilarity. Bangs has a knack for telling true stories that cut to the bone of our shared, vulnerable human condition. Her true gift, however, comes in the moments in which she’s able to strip away the shame or agony of an experience and transform the room into an uproar of laughter.
REVIEW of Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories: www.mamalode.com/story/detail/playing-monopoly-with-god-a-review
*Don’t miss the opportunity to see this show before Melissa and her family head out on a 9-city West Coast Tour in the fall of 2016. According to Teresa Twomey, this is the first stage performance in the US based on a personal postpartum psychosis experience. Melissa hopes this is just the beginning and can often be quoted saying, “If my story does nothing else, may it unleash yours.”