Thursday night, 9/28, TMI Project, the Hudson Valley nonprofit that believes ‘too much information’ can be a good thing, will have BSP Kingston abuzz with true confessions. But this performance isn’t just about divulging our deepest darkest secrets, TMI Project Founder and Executive Director Eva Tenuto believes, “By sharing bravely and candidly, storytellers become agents of change, fostering compassion, understanding and public awareness.”
The event, Voices in Action: Community Outreach Showcase & Fundraiser is slated to feature monologues created through TMI Project’s Community Outreach Initiative. Through this program Tenuto and her team bring memoir writing workshops to incarcerated and at-risk teens, cancer patients, survivors of domestic violence, military veterans, LBGTQ teens, and other populations that don’t often get to tell their stories or be heard.
“You’ll hear true stories from Rachel, from our #blackstoriesmatter program, who will let you know why she’s “terrible at being black,” Morris who will share what he wishes his grandmother knew about what it’s like to live with schizophrenia, Zac, a self-proclaimed “shy” football player struggling to fit in a hyper-masculine environment, and more” said Tenuto.
Tony Porter will be given an award for his groundbreaking, internationally recognized work aimed at preventing violence against women as well as his partnership with TMI Project and the Kingston High School Football Team. Tony Porter, who runs violence prevention programs with the NFL, NBA and other professional leagues, is a leading voice on male socialization and his 2010 TED Talk, seen by over 2 million viewers, has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”
TMI Project will also recognize four local leaders and activists as TMI Project Agents of Change: Jeramie Collins, former head coach of the Kingston High School Football team; Elise Gold, co-founder of The Maya Gold Foundation; Callie Jayne, lead organizer for Citizen Action of New York; and Denise Ranaghan, director of adult wellness services at Mental Health Association of Ulster County.
Voices in Action will be held on Thursday, September 28th at 7pm in the theater at the back of BSP Lounge, a nightclub in Kingston’s historic Stockade district. There will be a pre-show reception with light fare and a cash bar at 7pm with Tony Porter, TMI Project’s local honorees, TMI Project staff and the performers followed by the performances and award ceremony at 7:30pm. Tickets for the show are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. All funds raised at Voices in Action will be used to support TMI Project’s Community Outreach Initiative.
BSP Kingston is located at 323 Wall Street in Uptown Kingston, NY, 12401. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance go to tmiproject.org.