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SOUTHERN REP THEATRE TO HOST MASQUERADE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michael GuillotMarketing Manager, Southern Rep Theatre. 225-747-9177 michael@southernrep.com


SOUTHERN REP THEATRE TO HOST

MASQUERADE FOR MENTAL HEALTH


A FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT LOYOLA CENTER FOR COUNSELING & EDUCATION AND CARE FOR CREATIVES

NEW ORLEANS (January 7, 2020) – Southern Rep Theatre will host a Masquerade for Mental Health fundraiser on Tuesday, February 4th from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at 2541 Bayou Road in the Sanctuary Bar. The fundraiser will benefit the Loyola Center for Counseling & Education and Care for Creatives.


Masquerade attendees can look forward to entertainment by New Orleans’ own Dat Band who play a variety of jazz, rock, funk, dance, and pop music. VIP guests receive a mask to wear and access to the VIP Healing Lounge for services including massage, reiki, and NADA ear acupuncture. Silent auction items, masks to wear, cuisine by Bogan’s King Que and beverages from the Sanctuary Bar will be available for purchase a la carte. No mask, no entry.


Tickets are available for purchase at www.SouthernRep.com/MasqueradeForMentalHealth or by calling the Southern Rep Box Office at 504-522-6545. Southern Rep is located at 2541 Bayou Rd., New Orleans, LA, 70119.


Loyola Center for Counseling & Education

Loyola Center for Counseling and Education (LCCE) is committed to providing effective mental health counseling services on a sliding scale to underserved families, couples, groups, and individuals at every stage of life. In tandem with clinical services, LCCE supervises exemplary training for graduate students in Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Counseling.


Care for Creatives

Care for Creatives extends Southern Rep Theatre’s mission to sustain and nurture those who encompass New Orleans’ cultural economy by collaborating with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic’s You Got This goal to promote optimal mental health self-care amongst creatives. Together we strive to ensure the wellbeing of New Orleans’ creative community by providing accessible, effective outreach programs with measurable outcomes. Care for Creatives programs unite New Orleans’ creative community with mental health practitioners in a sanctuary space to promote resilience through activities centered around personal development, psychological education, and healing with drama, music, visual art, movement, guided relaxation, and other expressive forms.


ABOUT SOUTHERN REP THEATRE

Now in its 33rd Season, Southern Rep Theatre produces award-winning productions that are engaging, educational, and accessible for audiences of every socioeconomic background. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes, Southern Rep Theatre’s Mainstage Season work includes bold World and Regional Premieres as well as the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and classic plays. Southern Rep Theatre’s Lagniappe Series and “School to Stage Pipeline” of Arts Education Programs reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to new play development by providing resources for students and burgeoning theatre professionals and supporting a more diverse theatre community. A mainstay of New Orleans’ arts community, Southern Rep Theatre continues to build on its unique position as a sector leader, creative force, and important resource for contemporary American theatre.


Season programming is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans; and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

Thank you! ~Sarah Zoghbi
Counselor Intern Co-Founding Director of Program DevelopmentLoyola Center for Counseling and Education | http://cnh.loyno.edu/lcce


Director of Care for CreativesSouthern Rep Theatre | www.southernrep.com/care-for-creatives


M.S. Candidate | Clinical Mental Health CounselingLoyola University New Orleans

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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