Musical breaks boundaries talking about mental illness

DIVINELUNACTASHLAND, ORE. —  Two Southern Oregon men have written a comedy musical about a very serious topic: mental illness.

It’s called ‘Divine Lunacy’ and it took Peter Quince and David Gabriel nearly 9 years to create.

The story focuses on an artist who goes off his medication and creates imaginary people who run amok.

The two say they wanted to create an avenue for people to feel comfortable to discuss a topic many people are afraid to.

“When people do come to the show, they feel they are given a right to talk about it. They are given a chance to come out and express their own issues or people or things that come up in their families,” said writer and director Peter Quince.
“One of the real keys to change is awareness. The more people know about a subject the more they can decide what they can do, how they want to help spread the word,” say musical director David Gabriel.

On Sunday, a free mental health symposium will take place following the matinee performance.

The play is being performed at the Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland.

Tickets are $18 online or $20 at the door.

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