I have created this blog to raise awareness for NAMI of Northern Virginia and the annual Comedy Night that will be held to raise funds to help run the wonderful programs of NAMI of Northern Virginia. These programs not only educate and raise awareness of the issues of mental illness, but provide support for patients and their families.
This year the event will be held at the historic STATE THEATRE in Falls Church, Virginia on October 23rd, 2012. The comedians have signed up, and plans are well underway for another wonderful night. The hilarious JANE CONDON and JOHNNY RIZZO will each be performing, and there will be plenty of food and drink in the lovely atmosphere of the State Theatre. Great raffle prizes will also be on hand.
Last year’s event was held in February, and featured author Paula Butturini (KEEPING THE FEAST) speaking about her book, and the experiences that she and her husband, NY Times writer John Tagliabue, had following a beating that Paula suffered in Prague in late 1989, and a shooting by a sniper in Rumania that almost killed John in early 1990. A brilliant review of the book is on WordPress at http://danastaves.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/books-i-dont-want-to-write-but-im-glad-i-read-paula-butturinis-keeping-the-feast/
Last year’s event also featured comedian Jane Condon doing her one-woman show called JANIE CONDON: RAW & UNCHAINED, which had a short run off Broadway a few months later. Her show has much humor, but the description of the mental illness of her brother was a sad few minutes of the show. However, she credits trying to make her brother laugh with honing her skills as a comedian.
More details to come!