The Free At Last Players
"Mental illness belongs up on a stage where everyone can begin to truly understand it
- not hidden away by ignorance"
Click here to view a Free At Last Players Acts of Recovery performance on YouTube
The Free at Last Players is a not-for-profit theater group dedicated to dispelling the myths and misconceptions that surround mental illness. Founded in 1989, the group has performed all over Connecticut and the United States with shows consisting of songs, poems and skits created by the group’s members.
the most difficult aspect of dealing with mental illness is the stigma that is
associated with the malady. By
showcasing their first-hand perspectives via performance art, the Free at
Last Players combat this stigma.
The group consists of members who – whether they are mentally ill or
not – recognize that every person deserves to be seen as just that: a person.
With strengths and weaknesses just like anyone else.
focused on the issues outlined above, Free At Last Players performances
cover a wide range of issues. The
group advocates for no particular political party or issue. Performance pieces have taken positions both for and against
medication, disclosure, and “the system” –
among many other things.
of the Free at Last Players are encouraged to perform but performance is
not a requirement of group membership. The
group’s most highly held value is acceptance.
Members find in the group a welcome forum where they can speak
openly about their experiences with mental illness and unfair exclusion in all
As they enter their 3rd decade, the Free At Last Players reach out to new groups who might benefit from and/or appreciate the group’s message. Finding in performance art a labor of love, the Free at Last Players make the world a more accepting place – one audience at a time.
We rehearse Wednesday nights at 6:15 PM at the Gilead Social Center - 31 DeJohn Avenue in Middletown
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire
Acts of Recovery is a collection of songs, skits and poems based on mental health issues. Each Acts of Recovery performance is tailored to the specific audience at hand.
Contact Us: use an e-mail link or phone number to get in touch with the Free At Last Players. Join the group, inquire about booking a performance, order a DVD, comment on our website, etc.
Donate: Make a donation to the Free At Last Players.
Work: A sample of Free At Last Players poems.
Shows: Upcoming Free At Last Players performances.