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Good Grief: a performance and wellness resource exchange by Melissa DuPrey

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Free Street Theater

1419 West Blackhawk Street

Chicago, IL 60642

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Good Grief is a warm, loving and unflinching look at life on the road with a single mother whose bipolar disorder was not diagnosed until 5 years before her untimely death. With little-to-no resources for her or her mother, DuPrey recounts a complicated path towards healing and survival, one that draws on community and spiritual traditions and demands new frameworks for self and community care.

Part performance, part mental wellness resource exchange, Good Grief aims to highlight the mental health disparities in communities of color and break the stigma of seeking mental health support by having representation of various forms of holistic healing in the space, such as spiritualists and practitioners of reiki, acupuncture, therapy, napropathy, aromatherapy, and yoga. In response to the trauma that perpetuates intergenerational violence in communities of color, DuPrey will use a portion of the funds to support organizations and practitioners offering free or reduced-cost sessions to audience members new to holistic care.

This show draws on moments in Melissa’s life that are funny, thoughtful, touching, deeply emotional, and traumatic. Some of the topics may be sensitive or triggering, and we encourage you to take care of yourself as you need to throughout the performance. We will also have practitioners representing multiple modalities of healing for you to connect and process with after the show.

When: Preview December 5th

Run: opening December 6th - closing December 21st

Thursdays and Fridays 6:30pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm

Childcare will be available on Saturday, December 7th

Industry night and captioned show: Monday 16th at 6:30pm

Where: Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd Floor

Price: Advance ticketing available here or Pay-What-You-Can at the door.

If a ticket appears to be sold out, that's because we only release a certain number of tickets for advance sales BUT do not worry. You can show up at the door and pay what you can. Please reach out to freestreettheatre@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Tix: www.freestreet.org

Buzz on the project!

“The NALAC grant will support research investigating the use of different therapeutic practices as a form of diagnosing and breaking cycles of intergenerational trauma. DuPrey will work from a lens of harm reduction and restorative justice. For DuPrey, “art as social justice is active and imagines solutions along with asking the hard questions.”- Scapi Magazine

“Melissa is living proof that women of color will make windows where doors have historically been shut in their faces.”- Newcity

About the Artist

Melissa DuPrey is a multidisciplinary artist with roots from Humboldt Park, Chicago. After earning double Bachelor degrees from the University of Houston, she returned to Chicago to join the all-Latina theatre company, Teatro Luna. Her one-woman show, SEXomedy, was developed during their monthly series for women of color in the arts and received a Chicago Reader Recommendation, a Member's Pick, and had a successful debut Off-Broadway in New York. Her second solo show, SUSHI-frito, has also been critically acclaimed as part of MPAACT's Signature Series for solo artists. SEXomedy 2.0 debuted at Steppenwolf Theater in April 2019, and Good Grief is currently in development at Free Street Theater. Her full-length play BRUJAJA was selected as part of 16th Street’s New Play Pop Up Reading Series for 2019. In 2014, she was selected as a new talent in the ABC Diversity Showcase in New York City. She has performed stand-up comedy in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. She is a featured actor in the Emmy-nominated web-series Brown Girls and has many regional and non regional theater credits in Chicago. Film credits include: Cherry (2020), Two in the Bush (2017), The Way We Speak (2014), and Bromance(2014). TV credits include appearances on “Empire” (FOX), “The Resident” (FOX), “Chicago PD” (NBC), and “The Chi” (Showtime). As a musician and active member of her community, she is dedicated to the preservation of Puerto Rican culture by way of the folkloric music, Bomba y Plena, with Africaribe and Las BomPleneras. She is currently an Ensemble Member at UrbanTheater Company and Artistic Associate at Sideshow Theater.


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