Awakenings Project: Drama


   "Standing On My Knees" (John Olive)     

The Awakenings Project's first foray into the theater involved an exhibit of artwork during the Fourth Wall Productions performance of the play "Standing On My Knees" by John Olive, at Wright Junior College in May 2000.


The Awakenings Project seeks to support and nurture the work of artists with mental illnesses in four major areas of endeavor: fine arts, literature, music, and drama. While some of these activities have matured, Awakenings Drama is still in an early stage of development.

In recent years we have made several forays into the world of theater, primarily by supporting playwrights seeking table reads or stage reads of new material. Awakenings has helped underwrite those events, including readings of three of Robert Lundin’s plays—“Dementia Praecox,” “The Icon,” and “The Cornerstone”—and support for John Dooley and his play, “The Blue Chair.”

We have neither the capacity nor budget for productions of plays, but playwrights who are interested in getting support for a reading, should send a one-page proposal to

Additionally, playwrights may submit a play no longer than 10-minutes to The Awakenings Review to be considered for publication. A playwright should have a relationship to mental illness (either self, family member, or friend) but the plot of a play need not be about mental illness. Except for short works sent to The Awakenings Review, we do not critique dramatic literature. Do not send us full plays without first having an accepted proposal, as they will not be read or returned.

(Click here to view submission guidelines.)

       The Icon

Flyer from Russ Tuterow Theatre production of "The Icon"—a play by Awakenings founder Robert Lundin.


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