Compelling. Eye-opening. Real.
I just had to let you know how astonishing, moving and valuable I found the performance. As a person who has struggled with depression/anxiety, I found it so very healing and personal. As a theatre creator, I marveled at your success in engaging both our hearts and our analytical minds.
All the emotional sweep and intellectual rigor of great art.
— Justin Hayford
I have never experienced anything quite like it and I think it is something everyone should be a part of. My prayer is that Erasing the Distance will continue to advance the lives of the Chicago community and even a more global-like community.
I do a lot of things at Olive-Harvey, but I have never been so lavishly thanked by the students. I believe it is because this was a matter that they have been yearning to discuss, but no one has given them an opportunity for such a frank and mediated examination. I know this performance will go a long way towards improving a lot of attitudes and dispelling a lot of disbelief about mental illness, drugs, therapy, and even race.
Professor Jewel Younge
The show was done beautifully and sensitively. Keep up the great work!
Loyola University Student
What an impactful way to stimulate conversation around topics and issues we all face in some form. It shows people struggling yet finding their way out. Very beautiful and positive – and real.
A noble mission made manifest in a riveting, simple production. Every performance feels authentic.
Chicago Theatre Blog
I think that all people, especially those in the mental health field, should see these shows to remind them that those with mental illnesses are real people and that their illnesses not only affect them, but also those around them.
“Erasing the Distance has made a brilliant and moving production out of a tender subject matter. Stunning to witness.”
— K.D. Hopkins
Chicago Theatre Beat
Every single one of the actors seemed to totally embody the individual they were representing. And, indeed, it did exactly as the mission espouses: to allow us to see that mental health issues can happen to anyone. The people suffering from mental health problems are US.
It was an eye opening performance. I really enjoyed it, and as touching as each story was I didn’t walk away “emotionally drained or down.” As a matter of fact it was inspiring. The more people who experience the show, the better. It really does make a difference!
Parent, Whitney Young High School
A poignant, human, real performance. This show is a tremendous resource.
The performance was amazing. I’ve had so many great conversations with our volunteers and students who attended the event. It really had a huge impact on us and will definitely transfer over to our client service.
National Student Partnerships
I just saw Erasing the Distance last week and found it to be a phenomenal experience. I believe that EVERYONE IN THE WORLD should see this show and be part of the dialogue.
University of Illinois at Chicago student and Disability Services Coordinator
The show inspired me to keep going – even as a person without a mental illness.
I was in awe from the performance. I think the stories were acted not only with great skill but in a very authentic manner.
Professor of Psychology, Elmhurst College
The actors were amazing. I choked up many times. The stories were beautifully crafted and acted and the flow of the post-play conversation was great. Very inspiring.
I would definitely recommend Erasing the Distance to others! The need to heal, to see hope and strength, to see people overcome and move forward is so important. Your show does that.
Counselor, Trinity High School
One of the most compelling pieces I’ve seen in a long time. I was especially taken by the response it created during the post-performance discussion. People were relating to the stories told onstage and making deep connections with their own lives, and the lives of loved ones. One walked away feeling great compassion.
Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences at Dominican University
Thank you for shining the light.