By Sarah Everett
Wilderness is a multimedia documentary and theater piece about the quest for connection and hope, as families face the pressures and complexities of 21st Century America.
Set in the Utah desert, the story centers around six real families’ struggles with mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity.
Critics from The New York Times and The Village Voice note Wilderness’s aesthetic contrast between wide desert landscapes and frustrating domestic confines. These visuals are accompanied by a compelling folk-rock score.
“OZ Arts is proud to support the brave and ambitious endeavor of En Garde Arts, to de-stigmatize the conversation often surrounding mental health issues in our society, by utilizing documentary theatre as a catalyst for critical discourse,” OZ Arts Artistic Director Lauren Snelling said.
This production is a partnership between OZ Arts and Oasis Center Nashville. Local treatment providers and educators will participate in a Q&A with the audience following each performance hosted by Co-writer and Executive Producer Anne Hamburger.
“I am very excited to bring Wilderness to Nashville,” she said. “The stories of real parents and their teenage children and their journey towards understanding have enabled us to use theatre to demonstrate that ‘you are not alone.’”