I am super excited to share the news that “Playing Monopoly With God” is coming to New York City! (Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it due to prior commitments).
“Playing Monopoly With God” is an amazing, one-woman play. Melissa Bangs is the talented and passionate actress behind this play.
Her mission is to share her experience and in so doing, spread awareness on what it’s like to be one of the 20% of new mothers who suffer from postpartum mood disorders and encourage mothers to share their experiences.
Melissa has been touring for 4 years putting on 37 shows—including sold-out shows in Seattle and Los Angeles– reaching nearly 5000 people
Postpartum Support International presents:
Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories
Hilarious. Heart-wrenching. Human.
A true tale of childbirth, madness and the journey home.
LIVE. NONFICTION. STORYTELLING. PERFORMANCE.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!! MAY 17th – 20th
Evening Performances – 6PM Doors – 7PM Performance
THE RATTLESTICK THEATRE @ 224 Waverly Place, New York, New York
Thursday, May 17th – Live Performance followed by a PSI Gala Event at Bobo NYC ($175)
Friday, May 18th – Live Performance w Wine, Cheese and Panel Discussion ($75)
Saturday, May 19th – Live Performance (also to be webcast) ($45 in-person)
and a Mimosa Matinee…
Sunday, May 20th – 1PM Doors/2PM Show ($45)
In September 2012, at 40 years old, Melissa Bangs gave birth to her beautiful daughter Adelaide. A month later, dramatically hormone depleted and sleep deprived, Melissa is admitted to the Providence Psychiatric Facilities in a complete manic state. After nearly a month, she is sent home with a bipolar diagnosis and on lithium. What comes next is an extraordinary journey.
On her path back to wholeness, one of the things Bangs did was read her entire 100 plus page hospital record. Somewhere, around page 87, there is a nurse’s note that looks as if it were scribbled late at night after a long shift. It reads, “Patient says she will do comedy on this experience.” Upon reading this, Bangs laughed out loud.
The psych team couldn’t have possibly known that Bangs has been a storyteller her entire life and did comedy for a stint, as a student, at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade in New York City. They couldn’t have known that transforming details from the most painful experience of her life into a room full of laughter would prove healing for so many.
Join Postpartum Support International for an evening of storytelling full of bewilderment, chaos and hilarity. Bangs has a knack for telling true stories that cut to the bone of our shared, vulnerable human condition. Her true gift, however, comes in the moments in which she’s able to strip away the shame or agony of an experience and transform the room into an uproar of laughter.