This weekend at Washington Square – Sept. 10th & 11th; Community Wellness Fair and Theater for the New City Street Theater Production

Saturday, September 10th 1-5 p.m. Holley Plaza (Western end of the Park) —
“Get Your Wellness On” Suicide Awareness & Prevention

The NYC Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a main sponsor of this Fair, which will consist of music, yoga classes, massages, and tables with important information on mental health and suicide preventionCome visit the Arts & Dreams table and make an affirmation drawing for free!

Sunday, September 11th * 2 p.m. * Garibaldi Stage (Eastern end) —
Theater for the New City Street Theater: “BAMBOOZLED! Or THE REAL REALITY SHOW”

Theater for the New City returns to Washington Square Park for their 35th Annual Summer Street Theater Tour with “BAMBOOZLED! Or THE REAL REALITY SHOW.” It’s billed as “a rip-roaring Musical, a little Operetta for the Street. Funny and enjoyable street theater performance for the whole family.” The production has been touring throughout the five boroughs since August 6th and will continue through September 18th.

ABOUT Theater for the New City’s Street Theater:

TNC’s award-winning Street Theater always contains an elaborate assemblage of trap doors, giant puppets, smoke machines, masks, original choreography and a huge (9′ x 12′) running screen or “cranky” providing continuous movement behind the actors. The company of 27 actors, twelve crew members, two assistant directors and five live musicians shares the challenge of performing outside and holding a large, non-captive audience. The music varies in style from Bossa Nova to Gilbert & Sullivan. Complex social issues are often presented through children’s allegories, with children as the heroes, making these free productions a popular form of family entertainment.

Both events are free.

Get Your Wellness on At Washington Square Park Saturday

On Saturday, September 18th from 1-5 p.m. at Washington Square Park‘s Holley Plaza – Get Your Wellness On – a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Fair will take place with “activities to promote physical and mental health and the awareness of suicide prevention, including relaxation workshops, musical performances, sporting demonstrations and informational displays. Organized by Esmeralda Williamson-Noble, a writer-activist and mother of a suicide victim; with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other organizations.” (New York Times listing.)

Check out Ms. Williamson-Noble’s blog Forever Invictus:

Since starting this blog in October 2009, Esmeralda lost her beloved twenty-year old son, Andrew, aka Tigger, to suicide. A junior in East Asian Studies at NYU, in the pre dawn hours of Nov 3 2009, Andrew jumped from the 10th floor of Bobst, NYU’s library.

As well as this blog, Esmeralda writes for The Huffington Post and she is working on a memoir.

Esmeralda says:
“I intend to work in the area of suicide to bring understanding and light to this painful subject.“

The site regularly mentions the following as a place for help: If You Are Feeling Suicidal Or If Need To Talk Please Call The National Helpline 1-800-273-8255