I have my ticket and I’m going back to see Anthony Rapp in “Without You.” He is doing his one-man show from September 9 to 13, 2015 at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College just outside Boston. I encourage you to go and be part of something incredible.
I went twice in 2012 when he came to Massachusetts. I wrote about it here (below). His story and his message have stuck with me ever since.
Years later, I continue my life as Mark, still trying to live, while others live and thrive around me.
I went to see Anthony Rapp tonight in Boston at his one-man show, “Without You,” at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University. It was incredible. I’m going back on Sunday to experience it again.
The timing of this is a bit serendipitous. I’ve been a huge fan of “Rent” for many years, and particularly of the character played by Mr. Rapp. There is something about Mark that reminds me of my own self and the relationship I have had with my daughter Patricia as she has struggled over the years. This week, I am finishing up my book, a memoir about those difficult times. Unlike “Rent” and AIDS, mine is about mental health, another difficult, but just as taboo subject. For some reason, “Rent” and Mark have found their way into its pages. Twice.
As I was leaving for the theater tonight, the UPS guy showed up with some new uncorrected book proofs. I thought for a second about bringing one and trying to figure out how to give it to Anthony — maybe he’d like to read it — to see how his story fits into ours. But I quickly dismissed it — he’s just an actor. He’s not Mark.
But as I sat there tonight, it occurred to me that Anthony, in telling his story, was doing the same thing that Mark had done in “Rent.” He helped us live as he watched others live. And in doing so, Mark (and Anthony) got to live, too.
Anthony was alive on stage tonight. In his music and stories, he brought with him those same feelings I’m drawn to in the “Rent” experience. Thank you, Anthony, for letting me live tonight, too.
Come See Bob and Patricia
A Frank Talk on Mental Health
Shining a light on mental health.
Join us in Worcester as Patricia and I talk about our experiences in the mental health system and its effects on us. This talk is the first of a planned series of public conversations on mental health issues from a first-hand point of view to take place at the Kiva Center of the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Kiva Wellness Center
209 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Friday, May 29, is the 2015 PPAL Conference in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Patricia and I will be presenting at a morning workshop. We hope to see you there.
This is a big deal for us. Two important milestones will be occurring. First is that continuing education credits are available for those attending the conference. Somehow this makes us all the more legitimate; maybe even more so than speaking with a class of Psychology majors at UMass Amherst in February. Second is that our talk is being translated into Spanish to make it accessible to more of the conference participants. This should be interesting. We are looking forward to a great day.
May 29, 2015 · Registration Required · w/ Patricia Larsted · PPAL Annual Conference · Marlborough, Massachusetts June 16, 2015 · Public · w/ Patricia Larsted · KIVA Center · Worcester, Massachusetts
Past Events May 21, 2015 · Public · w/ Patricia Larsted · Edward & Mary Lord Family Health Center · Norwich, Connecticut May 6, 2015 · Public · w/ Patricia Larsted · Gale Free Library · Holden, Massachusetts
February 10, 2015 · Private · w/ Patricia Larsted · A Psychology Class Discussion · Umass · Amherst, Massachusetts
September 18, 2014 · Public · NAMI Central Mass · Worcester, Massachusetts September 17, 2014 · Public · w/ Patricia Larsted · Bigelow Free Public Library · Clinton, Massachusetts
September 13, 2014 · Keynote · Private · NAMI MetroWest · Marlborough, Massachusetts May 19, 2014 · Public · NAMI North Central MA · Leominster, Massachusetts
May 31, 2013 · Registration Required · PPAL Annual Conference · Marlborough, Massachusetts May 11, 2013 · Public · NAMI Walk · Brighton, Massachusetts May 9, 2013 · Public · Jointly sponsored by Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks, NAMI MetroWest, and Employment Options · Marlborough, Massachusetts
April 16, 2013 · Private · Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks · Waltham, Massachusetts
March 5, 2013 · Private · Worcester County Personnel and Guidance Association · Worcester, Massachusetts February 26, 2013 · Public · Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks · Waltham, Massachusetts
Another May Is Mental Health Month Author Event Bob and Patricia Patricia and I will be speaking tonight in Norwich, Connecticut thanks to United Community & Family Services, the SEMHSOC Youth Empowerment Group, and the Family Advisory Board/FSF.