Sponsored byInstitute for the HumanitiesSimon Fraser University

Tied Together: A Mad People's History Play

Part reality, part fantasy, Tied Together is a play which aims to bring psychiatric survivors of present day with their past.

Framed within the activism of Ruth Ruth and Mel Starkman, the historical play is structured within an assembly setting, premised on the personification of three women pictured in Remembrance of Patients Past, Patient Life at The Toronto Hospital for the Insane, by Geoffrey Reaume: May F., Audrey B., and Mathilda K. who lived worked and died at The Toronto Hospital for the Insane.

The play is built on the writings and ideas of many great Mad People's History writers including Geoffrey Reaume, Judi Chamberlin, Diana and Pat Capponi, Kathryn Church and David Reville.

The photographs of our three women are part of an exhibit entitled Out From Under, which will be presented at The Royal Ontario Museum in Spring 2008.

Dramatis Personae:

  • RuthRuth plays self
  • Mel Starkman plays self
  • Myrna Schecherl: May F.
  • Helen Posno: Audrey B.
  • Linda Carter: Actor #1 (Philip Pinel, Staff Clown#1 and #3, Elizabeth the second, Guard, Doctor, Patient)
  • Other Cast Members to be announced

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