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Michael Mack is a poet, playwright, and storyteller who has performed by invitation at the US Library of Congress, Off-Off-Broadway at the Times Square Arts Center, and nationwide on stages at colleges, schools, churches, and festivals. Winner of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant, Mack has been published in America, the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and twice anthologized in Best Catholic Writing.
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Wow- wish I had met you sooner - when is the next performance?
Boston Globe -
By Cindy Cantrell
September 26, 2010
In his one-man play, Michael Mack relives the experience of growing up with a schizophrenic mother.
There was the time, for instance, when he came home from school and followed his mother upstairs to discover that she had piled all of his belongings in the center of the room.
Or when his friends asked who the man was who had been crying hysterically next to him at the bus stop. The “man’’ was actually his mother, who had chopped off her hair. Mack denied knowing her.
“Her intentions were good,’’ he said, “but she was in a different world than I.’’
In partnership with Lexington Community Education, Mack will perform “Hearing Voices (Speaking in Tongues)’’ at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road.
Mack, whose comedic drama unfolds through narrative-form poems written up to 25 years ago, said the play is an intimate look into the family dynamics around mental illness, complete with difficulties, desperation, and love. It is, however, ultimately about hope. Medication enabled his mother, whom he calls Annie in the play, to stop a cycle of hospitalization and, for a time, homelessness. She died in 2002, at the age of 73.
“Mental illness is an equal opportunity disease that can happen to anyone,’’ he said. “And it does.’’
An open forum will follow the performance. Tickets cost $12. For more information, call 781-862-8043 or go to www.michaelmacklive.com.
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