Press release – Stories for Hemingway’s Havana, world premier by Brian Gordon Sinclair – – July 7
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AWARD WINNING STRATFORD ACTOR OFFERS UP HIT PLAY TO BENEFIT ANTI-ELECTROSHOCK GROUP
“Sinclair masterfully cedes the stage to Hemingway and the author’s multifaceted personality…He understands Hemingway’s strengths as well as vulnerabilities and does him justice…he (Sinclair) reaches into the writer’s soul and becomes him.” – Miami Herald, July 20, 2006
“Hemingway on Stage…is one of the most dramatic, intense, exhilaration and outstanding shows I have ever seen.” – Key West Marlin Magazine, July 2005
CAPA (Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault) proudly presents
The world premiere of
STORIES FOR HEMINGWAY’S HAVANA
Written and performed by Brian Gordon Sinclair, recipient of the Stratford Festival’s prestigious Sir Tyrone Guthrie Award for acting
When: Saturday, July 7th, 2007 at 7:00 pm (One night only).
Where: O.I.S.E. (Ontario Institute For Studies In Education) 252 Bloor Street West on the 7th floor in the Peace Lounge.
Admission: Free – donations accepted. Please join us after the play for a reception.
Brian Gordon Sinclair has written a five part opus based on Ernest Hemingway’s life. Each episode, presented at the annual Hemingway Days celebration in Key West Florida represents specific and notable periods in the writer’s remarkable life.
Brian’s odyssey began when he reacquainted himself with Hemingway’s seminal novel A Farewell to Arms and became captivated by the literary giant’s passion, prose and philosophy on life and literature. His first instalment was presented at the Key West Festival in 2003 and will conclude in 2008. This year he has sojourned from his series to present an evening of storytelling portraying Ernest Hemingway called Hemingway’s Havana. This is essentially the presentation he will premiere at O.I.S.E. before he takes it to Key West to officially open Hemingway Days 2007 on Tuesday, July 17th.
“Well, what is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital, and putting me out of business? It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient.”
This is a quote from Ernest Hemingway as told to friend and biographer A.E. Hotchner (Papa Hemingway, 1967) after he received a second series of electroshock treatments at the Mayo Clinic.
On July 2nd, 1961, a few days after his release from the hospital, Ernest Hemingway put the barrel of his shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
Cont . . .
CAPA, Electroshock, Brian Gordon Sinclair, and Ernest Hemingway
The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) is a grassroots, political action organization co-founded four years ago by antipsychiatry activists Dr. Bonnie Burstow and Don Weitz. CAPA’s chief objective is to dismantle the psychiatric system; its two top priorities are to strategize resistance against psychiatric drugs and electroshock (“ECT”) – two of psychiatry’s most destructive “treatments”. Just this year a major study conducted at Columbia University proved beyond a shadow of doubt that ECT causes permanent brain damage to recipients 100% of the time.
Since the early 1940s when it was introduced as a psychiatric treatment, electroshock is still administered in Canada and around the world. Electroshock has never been banned, despite the fact that it always causes serious cognitive impairments such as permanent memory loss and brain damage, emotional trauma, frequently aggravates depression, and sometimes triggers death including suicide. When Hemingway became increasingly depressed around 1960, he was pressured to undergo electroshock. Like thousands of other people who have gone through the same procedure, Hemingway got even more depressed and suicidal soon after he discovered that electroshock had wiped out much of his memory and incapacitated his ability to write. Hemingway was one of the most famous and tragic victims of electroshock and psychiatry – there are thousands more.
When Brian Gordon Sinclair saw a newspaper ad announcing a Mother’s Day demonstration called “STOP SHOCKING OUR MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS” to be held at Queen’s Park organized by CAPA and endorsed by 27 organizations, he contacted CAPA’s executive and offered to perform his play to add his voice to the growing number of people demanding the abolition of the barbaric practice of electroshock.. CAPA is honoured to present this brilliant production of the life of Nobel Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway’s life, particularly its tragic ending has relevance and adds urgency to CAPA’s continuing campaign to stop electroshock.
For information please contact Don Weitz: 416.545.0796 or
Shaindl Diamond: firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit us at http://capa.oise.utoronto.ca/upcoming_events.html or contact
Brian Gordon Sinclair: http://www.briangordonsinclair.com