En Garde Arts: Wilderness (World Premiere)
Extended due to popular demand! Now through November 20th
“A compassionate glimpse at the outer edge of teenage angst” – Village Voice
Six kids stand at the brink of emotional chaos. A mother risks losing her child forever. Thoughts racing, emotions firing, one question plunges forward: how do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world? In this captivating documentary theatre piece, En Garde Arts employs their signature brand of multi-media storytelling to illuminate the real experiences of young adults who struggle to find meaning in their lives, and parents who refuse to give up hope for their kids. Developed over two years through firsthand interviews and extensive field research, Wilderness features a driving folk score and sweeping video landscapes. The penetrating, no holds barred docu-drama transports us from our familiar domestic confines to the brutal and enlightening solitude of the high desert, where we have no choice but to confront our demons—and hopefully develop the courage to change.
Performances suitable for ages 14 and up.
Dialogues & Engagement:
WILDERNESS is a pulsating new documentary theatre event and education and outreach initiative that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families survive the extraordinary pressures of the 21st century. It explores the challenges of coming of age in an increasingly fragmented society and presents multiple perspectives of trauma and recovery, anchored by real life narratives that elucidate issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity. Please join us after the performances for a series of talkbacks and panel discussions led by some of the leading minds in mental and behavioral health and youth development.
Jess Shatkin, Vice Chair for Education
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS)
NYU College of Arts and Science
Monday, October 24th
Robert Cunningham, MSeD,
Head of School, Robert Louis Stevenson School
Independent School Evening
John MacPhee, MPH Chief Executive Officer, The Jed Foundation
Thursday, October 27th
Brad Reedy, Co-Owner and Clinical Director, Evoke Therapy Programs and the families and therapists portrayed in the show.
Thursday, November 3rd
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, Founding President, Child Mind Institute
Friday, November 4th
Kelly Lennon-Martucci, LCSW
Director of School Based Mental Health Clinics at Henry Street Settlement
Nicole Lee, LCSW
Program Coordinator for School Based Mental Health at Henry Street Settlement
Wednesday, November 9th
PACE NIGHT: Cast members and Pace BFA Acting alumni Riley Suter, Holly DeMorro, Jake Williams and Taylor Noble will talk about their experiences working on WILDERNESS.
Sunday, November 13th
Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far from the Tree and Noonday Demon
Wednesday, November 16th
Dr. Brad Reedy, Owner, Clinical Director, Evoke Therapy Programs
Thursday, November 17th
Kellyn Smythe, Admissions & Outreach Manager, Pacific Quest
Stephanie Crossman, JD: Ed Consultant/attorney
Evan Flamenbaum, Educational Director of Academics West.
Anne Marie Albano, Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center*
About En Garde Arts:
En Garde Arts, founded by Anne Hamburger, is a New York-headquartered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that specializes in site- specific and documentary theatre. Most recently, the organization developed and produced BASETRACK Live, the acclaimed piece that illuminates the longterm impact of war on veterans and their families. Named one of the top ten theatrical experiences of the year by The New York Times, BASETRACK Live premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in 2014 and is on a 40-city national tour.
Wilderness Benefit Performance:
The company will host a special opening night benefit performance on Wednesday, October 26th honoring National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Andrew Solomon with the En Garde Arts inaugural change agent award. Award presented by Oskar Eustis.
WILDERNESS is made possible in part thanks to Evoke Therapy, Phoebe Snow Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Pace University.