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The Fly Arts Center Promotes Mental Health Awareness With Special Theatrical Performances

Shelbyville, TN – The Fly Community Theatre has partnered with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network to present a special dramatic reading performance of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama winning play by Marsha Norman, “’Night Mother”. This eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play explores the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.

There will be two evening performances of “’Night Mother” on September 15th and 16th, and will feature the talents of April Glosson as “Jessie” and Jeanne Edwards as “Thelma”. Director Sherri Frame describes the performances as minimal “black box” style theatre that will not feature traditional staging and set pieces, but won’t sacrifice edge-of-your seat drama.

Proceeds from the performances will benefit The Fly Arts Center Art Therapy Initiatives and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. With the community’s support from these performances, The Fly plans to expand their Art Journaling and Zentangle art class offerings, which are taught by Santha Koonce. Both techniques are staples used by many art therapists to help people who are struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma.

“The healing power of art is a powerful tool to help our community improve both mental and physical health,” remarked Frame. “Art allows for self-discovery and expression, as well as provides us with a supportive, creative community.”

For more information and tickets, please visit Please visit for mental health resources. National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16, 2023.


For media inquiries, please contact Sherri Frame at

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