Bend, OR, March 26, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Three Nonprofit Organizations (CORIL, Full Access and BEAT) are extremely excited and pleased to present three great theatrical events to the Bend community all during the month of May, 2010.
All three offerings portray very professional and inspirational messages of what great achievements people with disabilities in the community experience in their lives each day when they are given the right opportunities and support. Audiences will be moved to tears, laughter and a strong sense of renewal and community through their experiences with these opportunities and collaboration between three great nonprofit organizations.
It’s been a few days since the untimely passing of artist Vincent Van Gogh. At 37, he’d been a preacher, a painter, and most significantly, a pauper. His long suffering brother Theo, has underwritten his sibling’s many career paths over the decades, and is angry and upset by the word traveling around town. Everyone from citizens on the street to fellow painters in the café claims that Vincent died deranged, killed by his own hand in an act of suicidal insanity. Calling together friends and family, peers and opponents, Theo hopes to set the record straight once and for all. He wants to discuss his brother’s devotion to lost causes. He wants to clear the air about his medical and mental conditions. He needs to show society that his seemingly directionless relative was actually a man of great courage and masterful artistic skill, lost in the arenas of love and life, but brilliant in capturing his “impressions” of the world around him. From his earliest sketches to his final established masterpieces, Theo is convinced that his brother was easily ignored and resoundingly ridiculed based on little more than rumor and innuendo. He plans to show the reality behind the gossip. He wants them to understand his fragile family member, Vincent.
Jim Jarrett, renowned international actor, does an astounding and masterful job of portraying this great man while providing the audiences with lasting inspirational experience beyond all measure.
CORIL, the Bend Chamber’s Organization of the Year for 2009 is proud and grateful to Jim Jarrett to present this one of a kind offering to the Bend community at the Tower Theatre. Jim has graciously donated all of his services, travel, and fees for the benefit of supporting CORIL’s mission of promoting independence, productivity and community inclusion for people with disabilities in the community. (www.CORIL.org)
The Boys Next Door
Written by Tom Griffin and directed by Mary Kilpatrick.
A play not to be missed. This funny yet touching production focuses on the lives of a group of mentally challenged young men, who live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere, but increasingly despairing social worker. This play peers into the world of mentally challenged protagonists. The Boys Next Door is filled with great poignancy and hilarity as audiences are reminded that differently-abled individuals face unique challenges. Ultimately, this is a story with a new perspective on learning and about life and love.
BEAT (Bend Experimental Art Theatre) is a Bend non-profit dedicated to raising the quality, appreciation and participation in the dramatic arts by youth. BEAT is proud to present The Boys Next Door at the 2nd Street Theater. (www.beatonline.org)
Sprout Film Festival
People with developmental disabilities as subjects and performers, remain marginalized in film and television. The Sprout Film Festival is an International touring film festival that raises their profile by showcasing films that feature their work. By presenting artistic and thought provoking films, the festival reinforces accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities, and exposes the media and general public to important issues. Audiences can expect an enjoyable and enlightening experience, that will not only entertain, but help break down stereotypes; promoting a greater acceptance and awareness of similarities.
Full Access is a nonprofit organization in Bend, Oregon supporting people with developmental disabilities while empowering each person to control their own life, and accordingly, make choices that exemplify that control. Founded on the four principles of freedom, authority (control), support and responsibility supports are provided in such life areas as meaningful work, volunteer experiences, social relationships, independent living and recreational experiences. Full Access is excited to host the Sprout Film Festival at the Tower Theatre in celebration of their Eighth Anniversary. (www.gosprout.org)
More information will be presented closer to the dates of each event.