On Thursday, June 3, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School graduate Allison Carr, formerly of West Tisbury, performed her original play “H.O.P.E.” (Having Opened People’s Eyes). Directed by Justine Saliski, the play highlights struggles occurring in young adulthood.
The play chronicles the lives of six characters who reach what seems to be rock bottom. By intermission, the characters seem to be in a state of peril. However, because of their interventions, whether it is by their role models, peers, or counseling, almost all characters seem to make a recovery. The one who does not sets a tone of grief and a feeling that there needs to be a change.
Ms. Carr is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in Madison, New Jersey. The other actors are also students at FDU, who came to the Island for the play.
The play will tour college and high school campuses in the fall of 2010. Performances are free, but donations are accepted for the nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms, which finds help for people struggling with depression, addition, self-injury, and suicide. For information, contact Allison Carr at Carrson14@yahoo.com.