For one week only, Niamh Ryan’s sparkling new play, Eternal Youth will open at the historic Irondale Theatre Center after a sold out run in Ireland this past February. In this visceral spoken word play, two teens grapple with the reality of adulthood after their high school graduation. A story told with charm, vigor and a bit of fairy dust, Eternal Youth is a celebration of the anxieties of growing up and a reminder that we are never alone.
At the heart of Eternal Youth is a mission of mental health education. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and at-the-door donations will go directly to our partners at Active Minds, the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. A facilitated discussion promoting self-care, mental health advocacy, and suicide prevention will follow each performance, and resources and information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’ and Crisis Text Line will be available for audience members.
“In the hands of a less skillful and sensitive writer, the subject of teen depression could be clichéd or mawkish, but Ryan never falls into those traps. Her keen insight and imaginative empathy for both characters make Eternal Youth emotionally compelling and fully rounded from start to finish… Eternal Youth reminded me of Kate Tempest’s Wasted….To my mind, Ryan’s writing was just as good as that of the much-vaunted Tempest.” –Charles McBride, Galway Advertiserhttps://www.artful.ly/store/events/12576