The touching story of a homeless man and a boy

During Canadian Mental Health Association's
60th Mental Health Week (May 1st - 8th)

Workman Arts PRESENTS
Edward the "Crazy Man"
April 28 - May 14 (60 min.)

"A Play for Families About Mental Illness and Homelessness"
http://www.workmanarts.com/Theatre/Edward.cfm

TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Advance response to the expanded remount of Workman Arts' production of Edward the "Crazy Man" which opens at Theatre Passe Muraille April 28th and runs to May 14th finds the much- anticipated production nearly sold out. Directed by Leah Cherniak and starring John Cleland, Olaf Sham, Faeghan Williams and Charles Revored-Couto, the 60-minute play by Emil Sher is based on the book of the same title by author and illustrator Marie Day (Annick Press, 2002).

As a salute to the Canadian Mental Health Association's 60th Mental Health Week (May 1st - 8th) performances will be followed by panel discussions with mental health experts and the actors. Excitement for the production, notes Lisa Brown, Workman Arts' founder, Executive/Artistic Director and producer of the play, "is due to the play's extensive two year workshop incubation. The lighting design, script and set have greatly transformed the theatrical production, creating a bigger and better show than its original 2008 debut. Plans are in the works to tour nationally."

Inspired by a colourful neighbourhood homeless man from the streets of Cabbagetown, Edward the "Crazy Man" is a passionate story that challenges our perceptions about mental illness through the humorous and touching story of a special friendship between a boy and a homeless man. Difficult yet important issues related to mental health, prejudice, discrimination, homelessness and people with differences make this production an excellent vehicle to nurture empathy, understanding and a compassionate view of homeless.

Performances:

Sat. April 30 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm; Wed. May 4 at 7:30pm; Fri. May 6 at 7:30pm; Sat. May 7 at 7:30pm; and Sat. May 14 at 2:00pm

Recommended for families with children in grades 4 to 8

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children/seniors at Arts Box Office (16 Ryerson Avenue) www.artsboxoffice.ca or by calling 416.504.7529. Not recommended for children under eight-years-old.

Performance Location: Theatre Passe Muraille: 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto (one block northeast of Queen Street West & Bathurst Street). http://passemuraille.on.ca/

SOURCE Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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