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FACING GRIEF: Nourishing Ourselves and Others Through Loss

November 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Live-Captioning or Other Accommodation Upon Request.

Many of us don’t know what to say or do when a loved one experiences profound grief. Through live theatrical enactments of various scenarios, audiences are invited to practice reacting to loss and supporting those they love.

Our brains are wired for survival, not loss, creating significant challenges in the aftermath of profound grief. FACING GRIEF, a presentation of The Sapphire Theatre’s award-winning PICTURE THIS® applied theatre programming, engages improvisational actors to act out brief scenarios. Staying in character, they “break the fourth wall” for an interactive talk back with the audience at the crisis point of each scene. Society and the community can do better for those who are hurting. Theatre can help show the way by allowing participants to practice how to have hard conversations, hold space, and listen. Musicians, interfaith ministers, educators, counselors and other subject matter experts will help facilitate this event.

FACING GRIEF will also be performed twice on November 5 at Unity Indianapolis. The 11:30am performance will follow a specially-themed worship service (10am) that all are welcome to attend! A second performance is scheduled for 4pm. FACING GRIEF will be performed a final time on Nov. 7 at the Phoenix Theatre. If interested in these other performances, please return to the event calendar and register for those dates/times.

Questions? Contact 317-966-7529 or andrea@sapphiretheatre.com

Event Partners: Sapphire Theatre Co.; Phoenix Theatre Cultural Center; Unity of Indianapolis; Jon Swanson, PhD.; Deandra Dycus; and Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.

Event Registration: Registration requested by Nov. 3, but walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Registration link forthcoming.

Audience Note: This program is focused on people who are seeking to better support loved ones experiencing profound bereavement. However, those currently grieving are welcome to attend – care is being shown to create an emotionally safe space. Additionally, the November 3 gather will include a post-event reception.





November 3
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Phoenix Theater Cultural Center
705 N. Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN United States
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Parking Instructions
Free parking is available for patrons in our surface parking lot, located at 712 N. Illinois Street, less than half a block north of Phoenix. Parking is on a first come, first served basis. Metered parking is also available on Illinois Street and in the surrounding area.