Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival (2022-2023 Season)

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Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival (2022-2023 Season)

A virtual arts festival dedicated to promoting mental health awareness since 2020.

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Welcome to the official Eventbrite ticket page for the Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival!

Now entering its third season, the Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival is an ongoing production of Piccione Arts, which has brought online theatrical performances to audiences worldwide since 2020. Our current staff for our 2022-2023 season includes Producing Artistic Director Anthony J. Piccione, Associate Artistic Director Ryan Thornhill, Program Manager Maria fe Pecar & Literary Manager Angelo Lorenzo. We've also had several guest artists - including playwrights, directors & actors - involved in our festival from all different parts of the United States and the rest of the world - including Canada, Mexico, Colombia, the United Kingdom, the Phillippines, Singapore, New Zealand & more.

The first Talking It Out performance was presented in person at the Dramatists Guild Foundation's Music Hall on March 10th, 2019. At the time of the initial readings, Michael D'Antoni wrote a rave review of the event for Five-Star Arts Journals, describing it as having "nothing less than pure, unadulterated, genuine, unpretentious focus on the agonies and anguish of mental illness, while also celebrating the triumphs and accomplishments over those living with, or those living with someone who suffers from mental health issues."

Originally intended to be a one-time event of minimalistic staged reading of short plays, the event has since been revived as an ongoing festival of plays - as well as an expanding line-up of additional arts programming, including a film festival, open-mic nights, and beginning with this season, an online visual art show - presented online via Zoom. Upon the first live screening of Talking It Out in November 2020, playwright & critic Jan Ewing praised the festival in a review for Hi! Drama for having "drawn from a wide range of ages and genders" and for "detailing the pain and distress encountered not only by those suffering from the various disorders, but also those who support them." Each of the plays is presented by an ensemble of actors from different corners of the world, highlighting various issues of mental illness - ranging from anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, and more.

2022-2023 Main Stage Play Presentations

An Evening of Short Plays - November 19th, 2022 at 7pm EST

Cycle by Willow Najarro

Frontline by Judith Hancock

Waterlilies by Christine Hillary Lee

Faulty Lock by AJ Maryn

Dating Anxiety by Lisa Carter

An Evening of One-Act Plays - March 18th, 2023 at 7pm EST

How To Be A Good Mom…When You’ve Got A Schizophrenic Mother For A Role Model by Pamela Meek

Deacon's Walk by Maurice Chauvet

caucAsian by Richard Wong

Confessions of a College Student by Lauren Silverstein

A Full-Length Play Presentation - July 15th, 2023 at 7pm EST

The Camerons by Jessica Posey

2022-2023 Second Stage Programming

Virtual Art Gallery - December 1-25, 2022 (More info coming soon)

24 Hour Virtual Play Festival - February 2023 (More info coming soon)

Virtual Film Festival - May 2023 (More info coming soon)

Virtual Fringe Festival - June 2023 (More info coming soon)

Talking It Out Educational Workshop Series - Ongoing (Click here to learn more: