Two of a Mind is an evening of solo performance exploring the restlessness of the human mind and shedding light on mental illness that lies beneath the surface. Featuring The Insomniac’s Almanac by Austin Crowley and Journey to the Center of a Black Hole by Paige Goodloe and with support from Project UROK.
**Note: Strobing light effects will be used. This production contains discussion of mental illness, self-harm, and suicide. For the health, safety, and well-being of our audience, viewer discretion is encouraged.
What’s on your mind before you fall asleep at night?
“What was I thinking when I said that?”
“Does he feel the same way about me?”
“How long have I been laying here?”
The Insomniac’s Almanac brings us inside the bedroom and the mind of Teddy, an insomniac, as he battles with his sleeplessness and questions his own sanity. Luckily, Teddy has his trusty almanac to aid him in his quest for sleep. Plumbing the depths of a sleepless mind, we search for the root cause of a disease that affects nearly 60 million Americans every year. You’ll never look at sleep the same way again after you crack open The Insomniac’s Almanac.
Journey to the Center of a Black Hole follows the spiral in and down, both in space and in the human mind, of warps in spacetime so intense that nothing can escape, not even light. Through interactive astrophysics demonstrations, Powerpoints, and personal anecdotes, we explore the darkness that hides all around us, finding tools to understand the black holes we know in our own lives and map the astronomical landscapes of our communities. Come learn to be an astronomer of the human spirit as we take our journey to the very center of a black hole.
About Project UROK: Project UROK was founded in 2014 by writer and comedian Jenny Jaffe (Disney, MTV, VH1) to combat the isolation and stigmatization surrounding mental illness. Did you know that 46.3% of 13-18 year olds have a diagnosable mental illness (NIMH)? Their mission is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before. In addition to their original content, they also encourage teens to make their own videos and share their own stories! In doing so, they provide not only practical assistance, but also a sense of belonging, a sense of comfort, and a sense of hope. Donations can be made HERE.
The Insomniac’s Almanac
Writer and Performer - Austin Crowley
Director - TJ Weaver
Journey to the Center of a Black Hole
Writer and Performer - Paige Goodloe
Director - Lauren Adleman
Assistant Director & Stage Manager - Lila Elias
Producers - Austin Crowley, Ned Cloonan & Brenna Ross
Scenic Designer - Michael Lebron