$75 – $375

Playing Monopoly with God...and Other True Stories with Melissa Bangs

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Dreamland Film & Cultural Center

17 South Water Street

Nantucket, MA 02554

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A LIVE. NONFICTION. STORYTELLING. PERFORMANCE.

TRAILER: http://www.playingmonopolywithgod.com



In September 2012, at 40 years old, Melissa Bangs gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Adelaide. She had never in her life experienced any mental health problems, but despite that, she was admitted to the Providence Psychiatric Facilities in a complete manic state one month after her daughter's birth. After nearly a month, she is sent home with a bipolar diagnosis and on lithium.


On her path back to wholeness, one of the things Bangs did was read her entire 100-plus page hospital record. Somewhere around page 87, there is a nurse’s note that looks as if it were scribbled late at night after a long shift. It reads, “Patient says she will do comedy on this experience." Upon reading this, Bangs laughed out loud. The psych team couldn’t have possibly known that Bangs has been a storyteller her entire life and did comedy for a stint, as a student, at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade in New York City. They couldn't have known that transforming details from the most painful experience of her life into a room full of laughter would prove healing for so many.


Melissa has a knack for telling true stories that cut to the bone of our shared, vulnerable human condition. Her true gift, however, comes in the moments in which she’s able to strip away the shame or agony of an experience and transform the room into an uproar of laughter.


With a variety of ticket options available, Fairwinds aims to make this performance accessible, fun, and most of all, informative about the topic of postpartum depression and anxiety, and other perinatal mood disorder symptoms.


Since 1962, Fairwinds has been Nantucket Island's oldest and largest licensed mental health and addiction recovery nonprofit organization. Since then, we have remained steadfast in our mission: to provide comprehensive therapeutic support that fosters mental health through prevention, wellness education, and addiction recovery services.




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