Tell Me I’m Here: SZ Memoir Becomes a Heart-Rending Play (ep. 54)

Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Oct 21 2022 • 44 mins

In 2022, the memoir Tell Me I’m Here, went from page to stage at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney, Australia - to universal acclaim - like “a bold work, tackling difficult subject matter with empathy and insight”- and we have the playwright here with us today, with her own story to tell.

We are also thrilled that the theatre company used our podcast as part of their research.

Please welcome, from the UK, Veronica Nadine Gleeson

We ask:

  • What drew you to this project? Any personal connection with schizophrenia or other serious mental illness?
  • Tell us about the process of adapting the work to stage - and when did you begin the play?
  • Where else did you turn for research?
  • What did yo learn that affected you deeply?
  • Has it been produced elsewhere?
  • Can we bring it to the US?
  • What’s ahead for you?

Links:

https://belvoir.com.au

Belvoir Theatre on You Tube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Companybbelvoir

Veronica Nadine Gleeson representation:

https://shanahan.com.au/client/veronica-gleeson/

Tell Me I’m Here:

https://www.amazon.com/Tell-Me-Here-ANNE-DEVESON/dp/0140098461


Mindy and her book: https://mindygreiling.com/

Randye and her book: https://benbehindhisvoices.com/

Miriam and her book: https://www.miriam-feldman.com/

Hosts:

Who:

Randye Kaye - was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”)

Miriam Feldman -  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, "He Came in With It" chronicles her family's story and was released to rave reviews on July 21st, 2020.

Mindy Greiling - Mindy Greiling was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. She helped found the nation's first state mental health caucus, which successfully lobbied for a significant increase in Minnesota's mental health funding Her acclaimed memoir is “Fix What You Can.”