RIC to host Harbor House benefit featuring Michael Mack, May 5

Rhode Island College is joining in the effort to raise awareness about mental health and change the stigma associated with mental illness by hosting the Michael Mack performance “Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues” to benefit Harbor House on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Harbor House, is designed to be a safe harbor for those living with mental illnesses whose members can interact with each other to regain their confidence, experience productive employment, and re-enter society.

Michael Mack
Mack, a poet and playwright, has performed “Hearing Voices” for more than 10 years at colleges and universities, psychiatric hospitals, museums, churches, festival, and conferences.

His one-man show takes an intimate look into the family dynamics around mental illness – the difficulties, desperation, love and hope. The story is about his childhood as the oldest of four children whose mother had schizophrenia.

The Boston Sunday Globe described “Hearing Voices” as “transcendent art that reaches out with unblinking honesty.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “Mack’s breathtaking performance casts vivid poetic light on one of life’s most inexpressible and commonplace sorrows ... telling an untellable tale of human pain and transcendence.”

Harbor House is the first independent Clubhouse open to all Rhode Islanders. There are over 300 Clubhouses around the world. The International Center for Clubhouse Development provides the standards for successful operation and certification.

Tickets for “Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues” are $30 ($10 for students and RIC faculty). For more information about Michael Mack, go to www.michaelmacklive.com. For more information about the performances, contact Julie Toland at jrtoland@cox.net or Virginia Merriman at virginiamerriman@mac.com. Visit www.harborhouse-ri.org to learn more about Harbor House.