Addiction Recovery Focus of Post-Show Chat at NYC's Seven Headed Mouse July 21

News   Addiction Recovery Focus of Post-Show Chat at NYC's Seven Headed Mouse July 21
A post-performance discussion following the July 21 performance of Off-Broadway's Dance of the Seven Headed Mouse, a play about a family struggling with addiction, will feature Kathleen Kelley, family program coordinator and spiritual care director for the recovery center Hazelden Foundation.

This will be the final entry of a series of talkbacks about the effects of drug and alcohol abuse in grieving families. The July 21 talkback will immediately follow the 7 PM performance at The Beckett at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street.

For 60 years, Hazelden "has been the world leader and model of care for drug addiction and alcoholism treatment," according to the producers. "They offer specialized rehab programs for women, health care professionals and families suffering the effects of addiction." Psychotherapist Kathleen Kelley has been a part of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians at Hazelden for the past three years. In addition to her clinical work she facilitates a weekly lecture series on families and addictions, spirituality and recovery, and teaches a variety of workshops for professionals in the field of addictions and family systems.

Dance of the Seven Headed Mouse by Carole Gaunt opened on June 23. The limited engagement ends July 25. Under the direction of Christopher McElroen, the cast includes Joseph Adams, Laura Bonarrigo, Molly Ephraim, Lauren Currie Lewis and Maya Simkowitz.

According to production notes, "In Dance of the Seven Headed Mouse, the fault lines are exposed when a seemingly picture-perfect Fifth Avenue family faces the harshest of realities — the death of their daughter. A father turns to work to drown his sorrow, while his wife drifts into a haze of pills and booze. When their surviving child Avril inexplicably drops out of her prestigious New England boarding school, her roommate Juliana arrives for a visit, determined to lure her back. Acting as a catalyst and witness, Juliana exposes the gaping cracks in the family’s Upper East Side façade, forcing its three surviving members to engage with one another and the tragedy they share."

Performances are Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. The Beckett at Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.) Tickets are available through at (212) 279-4200.

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