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Thursday
17
MAY

PSI Gala - NYC

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23:00

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Join us for a Theatre Gala in celebration of PSI’s first 30 years.
Starting with a performance by Melissa Bangs’ and her critically acclaimed one- woman show, Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Followed by a light dinner and champagne reception at Bobo. Please plan to arrive no later than 6:45 pm.

*Sponsorships still available, please contact development@postpartum.net to learn more.

About Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories
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.

On her path 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 couldn't have known that transforming details from 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.

WATCH THE TRAILER: http://www.playingmonopolywithgod.com/shows

READ A REVIEW: http://mamalode.com/story/detail/playing-monopoly-with-god-a-review


About Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Support International has been in existence for 30 years. It is the leading organization devoted to increasing awareness among the public as well as medical and mental health professionals about the prevalence and devastation of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately, 1 in 7 women will experience mental health issues including depression after giving birth to a baby, half of those episodes will begin in pregnancy. Untreated, this experience can be damaging to the entire family for years to come. Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death , outside of childbirth itself , in the first year of an infant's life. Thankfully, there is very good treatment and almost every woman can get well. Unfortunately, no more than 30% get this treatment for reasons of stigma, finances, and lack of knowledge. PSI provides direct support to women with this illness and their families, it trains professionals in how to recognize and treat and it provides a bridge between the two. PSI also disseminates information and resources through its volunteer coordinators in every state and 44 countries, and it advocates for further research, funding and legislation to support better understanding about causes and cures. PSI's universal message of hope to anyone who is suffering is : You Are Not Alone, You Are Not To Blame, With Proper Help You Will Be Well.

To learn more about PSI please visit, www.postpartum.net.