WILDERNESS is a pulsating new multimedia documentary theatre piece that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st Century America. It is anchored by six real families’ stories — narratives that explore issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity.

In WILDERNESS, adolescents stand at the brink of emotional chaos, lost in social stigma, insecurity, aggression and anger. Parents risk losing their children forever. Thoughts race. Emotions fire. Isolation intensifies. One question emerges: how do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world?

WILDERNESS takes us to the high desert of southern Utah where peers unearth the courage to change. Video and projection design combines sweeping video landscapes with documentary footage of parents as the show veers from familiar domestic confines to the harshness of the world outdoors. An evocative folk rock score by Kyle Henderson and his band Desert Noises, Kyle Miller with his band Towr’s, and Gregory Alan Isakov accompanies visceral and emotionally charged movement by Devon de Mayo and Patrick McCollum.

WILDERNESS is made possible in part thanks to the generosity of the Phoebe Snow Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Allergan Foundation, Evoke Therapy Programs, Open Sky Wilderness, Justyn and Scott Shwayder, Patrick Duffy, Joan D. Firestone, Betsy Kalish, and Regina Scully. Development support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Pace University, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


“WILDERNESS will help to spark a much needed conversation about the mental health of our children and families.”

– Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH | Vice Chair of Education,
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center


TOUR DATES


  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

    The Kennedy Center, Family Theater
    University Park, Pennsylvania Tickets

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 7:30PM

    Colwall Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
    Urbana, Illinois Tickets


“WILDERNESS will help to spark a much needed conversation about the mental health of our children and families.”

– Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH | Vice Chair of Education,
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center


Spring 2017

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 7:30PM

    Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Center for the Performing Arts
    University Park, Pennsylvania Tickets

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 7:30PM

    Colwall Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
    Urbana, Illinois Tickets


Fall 2017

  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 -SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

    The Kennedy Center, Family Theater
    Washington, D.C. Tickets

  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 &SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

    OZ Arts Nashville
    Nashville, Tennessee On Sale Soon


En Garde Arts partners with presenters to assist in employing effective education and engagement programs that can spark conversation and build community around the mental health issues effecting teens and young adults and their families today.

For booking: nbhearn@opus3artists.com
Licensing: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., www.dramatists.com


“It showed how theatre — good theatre — will gently step off of the stage and seep into the audience, into the aisles, between the seats.”

– Educator | University of Florida, Gainesville



“It showed how theatre — good theatre — will gently step off of the stage and seep into the audience, into the aisles, between the seats.”

– Educator | University of Florida, Gainesville


ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Jerry Pavlon-Blum

    Director of Program Development, Stevenson School, New York

  • Dr. Roy Boorady

    Senior Director, Child Mind Institute

  • Myrna Harris

    Educational Consultant, Harris/Kramer

  • Dr. Jim Hudziak

    Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont

  • Dr. Cathy Lord

    Founding Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain

  • Dr. Alec Miller

    Co-Founder, Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, LLP

  • Dr. Brad Reedy

    Co-Owner and Clinical Director, Evoke Therapy Programs


“WILDERNESS allows us to come clean and erase the stigma put on mental health issues in our society.”

– Student | University of Florida, Gainesville



“WILDERNESS allows us to come clean and erase the stigma put on mental health issues in our society.”

– Student | University of Florida, Gainesville


CREATIVE TEAM

  • MISSION

To produce bold, unconventional, and innovative multimedia and interdisciplinary theatre that marries content with community and inspires dialogue and debate about the salient issues of our time.

  • PROGRAMMING IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY:

Anne Hamburger | Founder & Artistic Director

Select Photographs by
Maria Baranova Photography

Anne Hamburger | Founder

Select Photographs by
Maria Baranova Photography

© 2016 En Garde Arts




© 2016 En Garde Arts