Look For Me: the journey to healing is a musical theatre work in progress.

 

We meet four individuals who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    Abby was sexually assaulted

    Eric has just returned from combat

    Butch was emotionally and physically abused as a child

    Zina was in a car accident

As we get to know them, each one takes some steps along the path to healing.

Out of fear, pain and anger grow healing and beauty, in an affirmation of the human capacity for connection, resilience and love.

 

Concept, book and lyrics are by Liz Schiller.

The principal composer is Ben Wilkins. The music for two songs was composed by Samwise Aaron, and for one other song the composer is Erick Schroder. Additional lyrics are by Open Mike Eagle.

 

About PTSD

PTSD is post-traumatic stress disorder, which may develop in response to an event or series of events which are traumatic for that person. A traumatic event is one that feels extremely threatening to the individual. Not everyone who experiences a trauma will develop PTSD. A person is more likely to develop post-traumatic symptoms if they felt helpless during the event.

A person who is suffering from the effects of past trauma may not remember the traumatic event, no matter what their age or the age at which the trauma occurred. The harm that can result from trauma may take weeks or even years to appear.

A formal definition of PTSD has existed only since 1980, when the symptoms and specific name were included in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. However, trauma and PTSD have existed as long as we have been human. Its symptoms have been observed and noted throughout recorded history. In recent years, we have reached a greater understanding of trauma's effect on the body. Most significantly, we have found a number of treatments that go a long way toward healing those effects. For more about them, see the Trauma and Treatments page.


 


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There's never been a musical about trauma and PTSD before! The work, including individual songs and scenes, has the potential to open people's eyes, awaken their compassion, and even steer some of us who are suffering toward healing.

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