Join our Adrianna from Stories Like Crazy and certify yourself in suicide alertness.
$35 (includes booklet, certificate, wallet cards)
*Reduced rate for Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2018
Only 15 spots available
At Red Sandcastle Theatre November 19th
6 pm to 9:30 pm
safeTALK is an alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers like Adrianna who is trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and a Positive Space Ambassador, as well as s suicide loss survivor.
Learning goals and objectives
Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:
-Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
-Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
-Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
-Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
-Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help
So a few months back I get a message from Erin Norah Thompson on Facebook: “I have a project I’m interested in having you as a collaborator…” turned out she wanted me to direct one of her scenes in this really neat concept of a show called Meet Cute. The 15 minute script would repeat 3 times but each time it would have a different edge to it: 1. Girl Meets Boy (and stalks him) 2. Boy Meets Girl (and stalks her) and 3. Boy and Girl Meet (and it’s all consensual/romantic).
I got 3! And I played up the awkwardness of meeting someone for the first time complete with muppet arms of excitement and bumbling over what to say (did I just rhyme, omg, they hate me for sure!).
Now you have to remember, I haven’t directed something since Grade 11 Sears Festival! It was God by Woody Allen and I had no idea what I was doing – I just knew I wanted to make the show happen and there was no director so I stepped off the stage to be that person. We ended up winning for Production Design and my days of directing were pretty much over. Granted I have collaborated on projects like my one-woman show and a few things at the museums where I was directing a lot of choices but still an outside eye was needed/had. So you can see why I was nervous to jump into directing. But I’m so glad I did! After sitting with the opening night audience I said “oh yay! no one left!” and I relaxed a little into this new experience of being a part of the stage without being on it. And now I may have a new love and addiction…
So I hope you can check it out! Here are some reviews that may encourage you to see it!
The Mind Reels reviews Meet Cute “Short, sweet, and just about the most perfect little rom-com scene I’ve ever seen presented” (oh hey that’s the scene I directed!)
From the creator/performer of last year’s Fringe hit SLUT:
What makes something romantic: is it what they say, how they say it, or who says it? One scene is presented three times – each time the outcome is different; the text doesn’t change, the context and intentions do.
When a man and a woman “meet cute” at a bus stop, are they meant to be or just trying to make it happen? One thing is certain: the road to dating is paved with good intentions.
*with the permission of the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association
Thursday, July 2 – 8:45pm
Sunday, July 5 – 7:30pm
Monday, July 6 – 3:15pm
Tuesday, July 7 – 10:15pm
Thursday, July 9 – 12 noon
Friday, July 10 – 4:00pm
Saturday, July 11 – 2:15pm
Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.
Tickets will be available online and by phone June 11th 2015. Advance tickets $12. At-the-door tickets $10.
100% of tickets will be available online, over the phone, or at the Festival Box Office up to three hours before show time.
Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase at individual venues starting one hour prior to show time.
Purchase online: fringetoronto.com.
By Phone: 416-966-1062
So I am a huge nerd about certain things. I also am a closet shy-girl. Yes. Me. Shy. I fan-girl in the most awkward worst way possible. I am terribly shy and self-conscious around people that make the world a better place and make me want to be a better artist and person. One of these people is Sandra Shamas – who not only was an original puppeteer for Fraggle Rock (OMGTHATISSOFREAKINGCOOL) but she also has this great wit and writing style to her. Her series of one-woman shows has been a huge inspiration to me to write first person dialogue to the audience. A confessional theatre flavour. My script currently titled “Everything but the Cat… A Not-So-One-Woman-Show about Bereavement and Suicide” has the tag line on the front page as a synopsis:
“Sandra Shamas has a third date with Postsecret.” This describes my genre. It’s humour and wit, with that edge of intimacy and secret sharing that Postsecret is known for.
I was so excited to meet her and tell her I cried my ass off (tears of laughter mostly) with my mother at her most recent show in Toronto. I also squeed that yes, my show, was inspired to be in the format that I chose because I felt validated by reading/seeing her shows – has been picked up for workshopping and presentation with The New Ideas Festival 2013!!!! March 9th at 12 noon I will be presenting my show for the first time for the public! I can’t wait! Thanks to Bricoteer Experiment Theatre (James and Grey), and my close friends and family who have really pushed and pulled this story out of me.