UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The world has flipped upside down in the past year. Throughout the global pandemic, ongoing racial injustice and political unrest, trauma, anxiety, and depression have not gone unnoticed in the Penn State community. Now, possibly more than ever, it is time to acknowledge the complexity and importance of mental health and celebrate the resilience of those in pursuit of healing.
For this reason, the HUB-Robeson Galleries present "Frozen in the Toilet Paper Aisle of Life: Man Up!", a comedic theatrical piece written and performed by Bill Doan and Tyler Sperrazza. The performance is an expansion of Doan's exhibition and research project, "The Anxiety Project," which is currently on view in the HUB Gallery and online. The project is a combination of hundreds of his own drawings and multiple graphic narrative publications. His performance includes personal stories illustrated with his drawings, integrated with science and informed by research.
Intertwining comedy and science with Doan's personal mental health story, this performance exposes the complex reality of mental health issues, works to break the stigma by starting critical conversations that are all-too-often avoided, and encourages viewers to find a healthy outlet that allows them to best care for themselves.
The performance will be pre-recorded and streamed on March 11, the University's second Wellness Day. All are invited to experience the piece for themselves and with peers. Both virtual and in-person watch-parties hosted by the HUB-Robeson Galleries will be available in three sessions at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The in-person watch-parties will be held in Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center and are available for Penn State-affiliated students, faculty, and staff.
Admission is free. In-person event attendees are required to wear a mask at all times, practice proper social distancing, and swipe their Penn State ID upon entering the event.
- To register for an online watch party visit the event website.
- To attend the in-person watch-party register through OrgCentral.
Affinity groups, campuses and organizations are welcome to hold their own viewing events as well and can contact the HUB-Robeson Galleries for more information.
There will be an artist talk-back after the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. showings. Join Doan, Sperrazza and a student panel to ask and answer the audiences’ questions submitted during the performance. This artist talk-back will be available to in-person and online attendees.