Behind the Red Curtain Free Public Forum

Date(s) - Monday, March 7, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Island City Stage


Island City Stage will host its third Behind the Red Curtain free public forum entitled “State of Mental Health – Recognizing Who Needs Help” preceding the March 17 debut of its production of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer, a gothic mystery which tackles the weighty subjects of insanity, repression and greed.

This forum will offer a frank discussion about the state of mental health including access for all, modes of therapy and greater acceptance. Experts will discuss traumatic events and their impact on our lives plus offer insight into the history of the mental health profession and how we’ve advanced in recognizing calls for help. The award-winning theatre company invites the community to take part in the discussion.

Guest panelists will include:

  • Bob Scardino, LCSW, CAP, Director of Clinical Services, SunServe
  • Dawn M. Silver, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County
  • Michael Schenker, PhD, Psychologist
  • Charmaine S. Borda, Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC, ACC, CHt, Clinical Director, The Blue Couch, Inc.
  • Rob Freund, PhD, LMHC, Assistant Professor, Lynn University & Primary Therapist, Comprehensive Wellness Centers

The panel will be moderated by Island City Stage Artistic Director, Andy Rogow.

This forum is supported by SunServe and the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Paying homage to one of America’s most celebrated playwrights during his birthday month, Island City Stage will present its debut of Tennessee William’s gothic mystery Suddenly, Last Summer, March 17 – April 17, 2022. Suddenly, Last Summer is part of the theater company’s 10th Anniversary 2021-22 South Florida Season.

On a hot, steamy afternoon in 1936 New Orleans, we find Violet Venable and her niece, Catherine, waging battle in a war that will cement the legacy of Violet’s son, Sebastian. Was he a brilliant artist, devoted son or sexual predator? What really happened last summer?

Directed by Rogow, Suddenly, Last Summer stars Angie Radosh as Violet Venable, Jeanine Gangloff Levy as Catherine Holly and Jonathan Furedy as Dr. Cukrowicz.

Island City Stage’s 10th anniversary 2021-22 season kicked off with The Twentieth Century Way by Tom Jacobson in October followed by Andrew Kramer’s Armature, running through February 27. Upcoming productions include The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam from June 9 – July 10, 2022 and One In Two by Donja R. Love from August 4 – September 4, 2022.

In honor of its 10th anniversary season, Island City Stage created The Behind the Red Curtain free public forum series to engage the community in timely, relevant issues that are both addressed in its productions and affect the South Florida community. Follow Island City Stage on Facebook at and on Instagram at @islandcitystage1.

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