This production has been postponed to July 2020.
More information coming soon.
Written and Performed by Natalie Blackman
Directed by Aaron Sparks
Creative Consultant Duane Boutte
A young woman’s harrowing journey through our fractured mental health system as she tries to save her father after he suffers a psychotic break, DISORDER seeks to raise awareness about mental illness and to dismantle the crippling stigma that comes between individuals and the life-saving resources they need.
Notes from the box office
Tickets to DISORDER are $10-$20. The performance runs 75 minutes with no intermission and is followed by a post-show discussion.
DISORDER is for ages 14 and up.
About the Artist
Natalie Blackman is an actor and creator of community-based theatrical experiences for enabling dialogue and social change. Natalie has been seen on stages in New York City and regional stages such as The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Pioneer Theatre Company. Natalie is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Natalie holds an MFA in Civic Engagement and Classical Acting from Illinois State University and a BFA from the University of Utah's Actor Training Program. Natalie is currently on the acting faculty at Texas State University.
What people are saying about DISORDER
"Disorder is the very personal and raw account of a daughter's struggle not only with her father's mental illness, but the very institutions which are meant to help and serve. Natalie Blackman pours her heart and soul into this affecting one-woman show, taking the audience on a visceral ride through her own experience with her father's mental decline, as well as the surprising battles she and her family had to fight to keep him alive. As a performer and writer, Natalie's open-heartedness, vulnerability and warmth infuse every moment, making this an unforgettable show. Creating such an honest space for others to share their struggles with mental illness--either their own or their loved ones--with stigmas, hospitals, insurance and state institutions, Natalie invites the opportunities for further healing and true support. A theater artist--and experience--that is utterly unforgettable and truly necessary in the deepest sense."
-Flor De Liz Perez
Shakespeare in the Park, Madam Secretary, Good Wife
"Natalie’s brand of storytelling is exactly what the mental health community needs. It puts a face to what is often an invisible struggle. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll leave with the courage to share your own story. Not only does Natalie speak from a place of personal experience as she became caregiver and guardian for her ailing father, she has mental health training to back it up. This show is perfect for a variety of venues and audiences and will leave a lasting impact on your community."
- Amanda Beagle
Miss America Talent Award Winner and Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Activist
“Disorder intimately and vulnerably offers the audience a simple message that carries transformative weight: you are not alone. As a mental health professional, I have witnessed firsthand what happens when individuals first realize they are not alone in their challenges. They feel seen, heard, and understood. Finally able to begin to takes steps to seek help, support others, and bravely move forward.”
- Shira Olson, M.S.W.
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