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Chicago Theatre Troupe to Perform Skits to Promote Understanding of Mental Health Issues

Nov-26-2012

Erasing the Distance, a Chicago theater group dedicated to promoting understanding of mental health issues, will perform two shows at Eastern Illinois University on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The first show is to begin at 3 p.m. in 7th Street Underground in the MLK Jr. Union. The second show is set for 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, also in the union. Both shows are free and open to the public.

Erasing the Distance "uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health," according to its website.

Erasing the Distance will present five skits in each show, with topics including dealing with sexual assault, eating disorders, depression, drug addiction, suicide and long-term health issues.

The events are sponsored by the University Housing and Dining Services committee for Social Justice, Diversity and Community Engagement.

For more information on Erasing the Distance -- including video and links to Chicago Tribune stories about the troupe -- please see the website at www.erasingthedistance.org.