Artistic Director Nadine Bernard's New Play Miss Valentine
Miss Valentine, February 12 and 13, 2010 in Montclair, New Jersey
The Van Vleck House in Montclair New Jersey saw a parlor reading of Artistic Director Nadine Bernard's new play Miss Valentine on February 12 and 13, 2010 at 7:30pm. It was a fundraiser for the Van Vleck House and Gardens.
"Tom Cruise, eat your heart out. The famously outspoken Scientologist, who made headlines two years ago for his comments about postpartum depression might give his words a second thought if he saw a performance of In The Shadow of My Son, the brutally honest portrayal of five women’s experiences with the disease which was performed during the 2007 New York Fringe Festival..."
-- Read more at The Cinema Source
"Rough, gripping, sometimes humorous play about postpartum depression... the gentle direction allows your heart to break for the women..." -- Read more at Newbie NYC
Keep checking back here for details of Autumn 2008 performances of our new play about South Africa, The Way to Summer.
Mother's Out of the Shadow Campaign
........ Shining the light on postpartum depression
Out of the Shadow Productions has launched a campaign to create more postpartum care for mothers and their families and raise awareness about postpartum depression.
"We cannot say enough about your wonderful play... We were all filled with emotion
watching those characters tell their stories. The production is
well-constructed, cast, and the time just flew. We were enthralled... I am honored
to support this exceptional work."
- Susan Dowd Stone, LCSW, psychotherapist; President of Postpartum Support International
"It's very rare for me, at
this point in my life, that something holds my attention so deeply that I
lose track of time. I truly felt lost in the drama...
I really do think you could be like the Angels in America for PPD."
- Dr. Alexis E. Menken; Psychologist and New Jersey Coordinator for Postpartum Support International
"Eric Bentley, writing of Shaw's THE QUINTESSENCE OF IBSENISM, praised it
as 'a work that can change men's minds.' While noting Bentley's outdated
use of 'men,' I believe the phrase applies to IN THE SHADOW OF MY SON.
It's a necessary work which I commend to your attention."
- Amlin Gray, Obie award winning playwright
"This is the catalyst. I feel relieved knowing this piece is out there. I know it can change the world."
- Mother of PPD Survivor
"I thought the play was fantastic! It made me feel 'normal' and not crazy."
"I really enjoyed the play; it was great to enjoy the illness from the outside looking in, not being
trapped on the inside."
"I really wish that every docotr and any other health care worker could have seen it."
"I was so glad my partner was there, he gets what I'm going through now."
"The actresses did an amazing job, it was so real."
"I loved everything about it, it was so powerful."
- Mothers currently suffering from postpartum depression, Thunder Bay Ontario
"I saw the play Friday night and I had to come back with this guy this afternoon. We both have
pregnant women living in our houses and this play was so informative. I thought he should be
ready for what may happen to his wife. I was sure glad I came."
- Husband in Thunder Bay Ontario
"Your play really was quite moving [and] educational, as well as reminding me of the emotions and feelings I went
through for especially the first year of being a mother... It would benefit so many women and men to see it."
- Stephanie Lavner; Actor and Mother
"Riveting and real..."
- Professional Author
"'You are honest. You tell it like it is.'... 'A good piece of theater raises
questions; that's what Nadine did.'... 'It's not only beautiful.. it's powerful.'"