Teen Suicide is an important topic for our community to address. However, we know that this is something that is sensitive and may be difficult to start the conversation. Childsplay is happy to speak with school stakeholders about the importance of the production at your school. We have partnered with local community agencies for the specific purpose of providing support for your school before, during, and after the performance of Eric and Elliot.
We take the content of this show very seriously. Because of this, we are working with local partners to make sure that you have the resources you need to support your students before and after they see this play. Here are the services that Childsplay and our partners at Valle del Sol will provide free of charge to each school:
Eric and Elliot is the story of a family’s search for healing following a devastating tragedy. Eric and Elliot are brothers. Eric is around 10 years old. Elliot is in his early teens. The two set out on a journey seeking help for their mother who has spiraled into a debilitating depression. Along the way the boys get lost. They encounter others who encourage the boys to try different paths in order to find their way. Eventually the brothers discover that it is only by facing their own pasts and the tragic events of a particular day the previous summer that they will find help for their mother – and for themselves.
The words “depression” and “suicide” are never spoken in the play. The suicide referenced in the play is not shown, for in truth, the play is about the family left behind. Told with a mix of gentle humor, fantasy, metaphor, and emotion, Eric and Elliot encourages audiences to discuss the serious issues of depression and suicide. The play offers hope for those affected, and alternatives to the permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Arizona ranks 12th nationally in the number of teen suicides. Teenagers are more likely to consider suicide than any other age group. 8.3% of teenagers had suicidal thoughts in the past year, according to a 2015 study by the National Institute of Mental Health.
This play was written by Dwayne Hartford and will be directed by Anthony Runfola
The audience for this play is young people, 5th grade through seniors in high school
Childsplay is happy to speak with school stakeholders about the importance of the production at your school. As mentioned earlier, we have partnered with local communities agencies for the specific purpose of providing support for your school before and after the performance of Eric and Elliot.
Here are some quotes from teachers and school administrators from previous times in which we have performed this play in Arizona:
Up to 150 students per performance. If you have more students that you would like to see this performance, we can book you a second performance on the same day.
We are asking schools to allow approximately 90 minutes for the performance experience. The play is about an hour long followed by a 15-minute post show discussion. We would also like schools to allow a few minutes after the show for students to talk with the counseling staff if needed. The play will be touring Arizona from in Spring of 2019.
Childsplay performs in multipurpose rooms, gyms, cafeterias, or in theatres. The technical requirements for a show can be found HERE.
We would love to talk with you more about Eric and Elliot, and about what a tour performance with Childsplay is like. For more information, please call Korbi Adams, Director of Education and School Programs at 480-921-5745.