Redhouse TV: Talk Back
by Redhouse - Thursday, April 17th, 2014
A four part documentary with the Redhouse Arts Center.

Welcome to the weekly web video series: “Redhouse TV: All the Drama of Making Art, All the Heart of Changing People’s Lives.” (Every Thursday)

“Talk Back” is a short documentary about how the Redhouse Arts Center performed two shows “in rep,” which means at the same time, alternating different nights and with mostly the same cast. After the shows, a talk back session was held with the audience, the actors and various health professionals from the community to discuss the underlining themes. “Talk Back” explores some of the actors’ real life experiences dealing with mental health and other issues in the shows. The talk back sessions also helped the health professionals who participated, spread their message.

WATCH PART 4: In the last chapter of our short documentary, Tim Murray talks about telling his family he is gay: much like his character does in “Pterodactyls.” Ian Subsara came into the production with little knowledge about the history of AIDS but watched documentaries with the rest of the cast explaining the significance. Mary Springston, a professor at Le Moyne College talks about her time working at a hospital in New York City, caring for people with AIDS.

Kate Metroka talks about the parallels between performing in the musical, “Next to Normal,” and having to deal with mental health issues within her own family. Sherry Chayat of the Zen Center of Syracuse talks about how meditation can help those with mental illness.


Bill Pfohl from Hospice of Central New York talks about the questions audiences had for him during the talk back sessions at Redhouse. John Bixler talks about his experiences growing up with his father and how he used that for his role in, “Pterodactyls.”




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