People, Places and Things to be performed at Shea’s 710 Theatre in January

This production will partner with Save the Michaels of the World Inc. and other recovery agencies.This production will partner with Save the Michaels of the World Inc. and other recovery agencies.

The Scott Bieler Family Foundation and The D’Youville Kavinoky Theatre announce the return of the critically acclaimed drama People, Places and Things by Duncan MacMillan to be performed at Shea’s 710 Theatre in a limited run.

People, Places and Things was originally produced at the D’Youville Kavinoky Theatre last season and was forced to cancel the majority of shows due to COVID. Due to the generosity of Scott Bieler, the Scott Bieler Family Foundation is sponsoring the return of this important play that deals with addiction and recovery. The award-winning drama follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It’s an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy answers.

Bieler was so moved by the performance he saw, that he immediately offered to help The Kavinoky bring back this important play as a service to the community at large. “What I saw on stage moved me like no other performance I have ever seen. I knew I had to help bring this message of recovery and hope to those who need it most and offering it free to the community would remove any financial barrier and make it accessible to all.”

This production will again partner with Save the Michaels of the World Inc. and other recovery agencies who will be on-site to help promote awareness of substance use disorder. After each performance there will be “Talk-Back/Panel discussions” with the cast, people with lived experience and professionals from support organizations. In creating a safe space for dialogue and questions surrounding substance use disorder, this event will be alcohol-free.

This limited five-performance run (Jan. 12-15) will take place on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Shea’s 710 Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo.

Due to the generous support of the Scott Bieler Family Foundation, tickets for this event are free but need to be reserved at www.Sheas.org.

This production is directed by Katie Mallinson and stars Aleks Malejs as Emma with an ensemble of Buffalo’s finest actors including Christopher Guilmet, Michele Roberts, Diane DiBernardo, Gabriella McKinley, Ben Michael Moran, Gregory Gjurich, Maureen Ann Porter, Afrim Gjonbalaj and Dylan Zalikowski.

Please note that this performance contains scenes of active substance use, mention of suicide and adult language. Not suitable for children under 16.




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