‘From Ship to Shape’ chronicles a search for healing

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Walter Vreeland’s autobiographical monologue, “From Ship to Shape,” takes place on a cruise ship in the summer of 2003, when the writer was just 23 and embarking on a job as a singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Described as a tragicomedy and a musical, “From Ship to Shape” is written and performed by Vreeland. The work chronicles a young man’s struggle with mental illness, one so severe that it would ultimately result in Vreeland’s stay at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s mood disorder psychiatric ward.

An awardwinning radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer, and voice-over artist, Vreeland brings his production to the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse’s Patricia Neal Stage on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. Both performances begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for juniors (under age 30). Visit mvplayhouse.org, or call 508-693-6300 for more information.