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When the Swelling Goes Down (a work in progress) w/ Samuel Ray Gates, MFABlue button that says "Register Now"
Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2022
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm ET   (catered meet-and-greet catered buffet dinner begins at 5pm)
Location: Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium in School of Social Work, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Participation via Livestream also available

CE: 2 CE, read for more information on CEs
Fee: $35, read for more information on fees and scholarships

Description:  Join us for an evening of theater followed by small group processing. Originated and performed by actor, professor and comedian, Samuel Ray Gates, After the Swelling Goes Down explores themes of race, identity, and trauma with humor and poignancy. The development of this work-in-progress continues to be deeply impacted by the murder of George Floyd and the the COVID pandemic; in it, Gates’ reflections animate experiences that can be too fraught or painful to talk about as a collective. Participants are invited to observe their own reactions to Gates’ storytelling, engage in mindful sharing, and to reflect on the power of the narrative for meaning making, connection, and healing.

Learning objectives: By the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Reflect on the use of storytelling to make sense of and heal from traumatic experiences.
  2. Engage in self-reflection to explore and situate one’s own experience within a collective narrative.
  3. Practice with vulnerability to increase trust, compassion, and connection with others.

 

Samuel Ray Gates is an actor, writer, comedian, and assistant professor of acting at the University of North Carolina. He earned his MFA at the American Conservatory Theatre. He is in his sixth year in PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC, where he recently carried August Wilson’s How I learned What I Learned. His extensive list of off-Broadway and regional acting credits include Fairview (Woolly Mammoth); Electra (the Classical Theatre of Harlem); Clybourne Park (Cincinatti Playhouse in the Park); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Fences at Swine Palace; and Between Riverside and Crazy (American Conservatory Theater). Among his television and film credits are The Staircase, Dopesick, House of Cards, The Blacklist, Veep, Mozart in the Jungle, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Law & Order; Rescue Me; November Criminals (2016; Wolves (TriBeCa Film Festival).  

 

References:

Bove, A., & Tryon, R. (2018). The power of storytelling: The experiences of incarcerated women sharing their stories. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62(15), 4814-4833. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X18785100

Casares, D. R., & Gladding, S. T. (2020). Using comedy to explore racial-ethnic identity with clients: A narrative approach. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 15(1), 69-80. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2019.1635937

Chioneso, N. A., Hunter, C. D., Gobin, R. L., McNeil Smith, S., Mendenhall, R., & Neville, H. A. (2020). Community healing and resistance through storytelling: A framework to address racial trauma in Africana communities. Journal of Black Psychology, 46(2-3), 95-121. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095798420929468

Pérez-Aranda, A., Hofmann, J., Feliu-Soler, A., Ramírez-Maestre, C., Andrés-Rodríguez, L., Ruch, W., & Luciano, J. V. (2019). Laughing away the pain: A narrative review of humour, sense of humour and pain. European Journal of Pain, 23(2), 220-233. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejp.1309

Ruini, C., & Mortara, C. C. (2021;2022;). Writing technique across Psychotherapies—From traditional expressive writing to new positive psychology interventions: A narrative review. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 52(1), 23-34. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-021-09520-9

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