Mental health to be topic of upcoming theater production

Mental health to be topic of upcoming theater production

Mental health to be topic of upcoming theater production


Poster of Unspoken: A Mental Health Anthology

Breaking Wave Theatre Co. and the University of Guam Theatre are proud to present the production "Unspoken: A Mental Health Anthology," a collection of local works and an original musical that aims to open up the conversation about mental health and suicide prevention in hopes of breaking the silence and fighting the stigma surrounding these issues. The show will run from Sept. 26 to Sept. 29 at the UOG Theatre.

The show will have three components:

Let’s Talk

A collection of letters, scenes, and movement pieces that all address mental health from the teenage perspective. All pieces are written and performed by high school participants.

Community Speaks

A short series of locally written monologues, poems, and songs that engage in the larger show theme of mental health and suicide prevention.

On the Inside: A Mental Health Musical

A musical written by Joyce Torres and CJ Ochoco, with musical arrangement by Shannon San Nicolas. Based on a true story, this musical follows the story of 18-year-old college freshman Isa, who ends up in a mental health facility after an attempted suicide. During her time there, she meets other patients suffering from different mental illnesses and substance abuse challenges who share their stories with her. Through their stories, Isa finds hope, encouragement, and healing. "On the Inside" reminds the audience that no one has to face these kinds of difficulties alone and there's no shame in asking for help to make healing possible. The show includes eight original songs and is notably one of the few original musicals written and staged on Guam in recent years.

With a team of more than 70 actors, authors, technicians, and more involved with the show, this project represents Breaking Wave Theatre Co.’s vision to unite artists for social causes and to give back to the community through the arts.

Show times

7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26
7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27
7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28
2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29
Doors open 30 minutes prior to show.

Ticket prices

General Admission - $15
Students/Seniors - $10
UOG Students w/ ID - FREE
Tickets available for purchase at the door.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency, a Division of the Department of Chamorro Affairs, Government of Guam, and the Office of the Governor. It is also supported by generous sponsors and community partners: Sorensen Media Group, Pacific Daily News, University of Guam College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Future Smiles Orthodontics, JamzMedia, Wendy’s, Coldstone Creamery, and I PInangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program.