Coping with Second Hand Trauma Addressed in ‘The Resting Place’ a New Play Directed by Connor Norton

The production continues tonight through Saturday.

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UPDATED September 12, 2019, 10:30 AM

After last week’s successful debut, Director Connor Norton’sThe Resting Place​ resumes tonight and runs through Saturday at​ the Goode Theatre at Old Dominion University. Saturday night’s performance is an OutNight event for the LGBTQ community and a benefit for the LGBT Life Center.

The Resting Place​ made its world premiere at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco following it’s reading at the 2017 Virgin Playwrights Festival. This play puts audiences right in the middle of an average American family at the eye of a storm involving tragic loss, haunting secrets, and gut-wrenching journeys that ask the often unasked question; how do people deal with second-hand trauma?

Directed by local artist Connor Norton, ​The Resting Place​ is a sharp story that pierces right under your skin, disarming you with raw humor before exposing you to a chilling reality you weren’t prepared to talk about.

“Harvey Weinstein had a family, Kevin Spacey and Bill Cosby had families, each one of them a person with power and privilege to take advantage of others, and each one of them with a family that loved them and released them into the world,” Connor said. “For those loved ones, it is an impossible act for them to fathom the malicious machinations press and media accuse or prove of these people; and that trauma is a hidden strand in the web of pain and suffering caused by these monsters we don’t often hear about, and it’s time to shine a light on it.”

The Resting Place​ has a run time of 90-minutes with a 10 minute intermission. This Saturday, OutWire757 is hosting a special OutNight for our readers. There will be a discussion with YWCA and LGBT Life Center Counselors on the effects of trauma on second-hand victims prior to the performance at 5:30 pm. In addition, OutWire readers can purchase tickets at the discounted pride of $15 for the Saturday show, which includes a drink ticket for beer or wine.

To take advantage of the special pricing for OutWire readers, use the code “OUTNIGHTOUT” upon checkout. You may also purchase tickets by calling The New Theatre in Norfolk Virtual Box Office Phone at (757) 504-2650 between 12 pm – 4 pm Monday – Friday. A link to further event details is provided at the end of this post.

The Resting Place​ contains strong language, mature themes, references to suicide, and may be potentially triggering for sexual assault survivors. Counselors and ushers will be available on-site if needed.

About New Theatre-N-Norfolk

A new up and coming theatre company based in Norfolk, New Theatre-N-Norfolk aims to be a gathering space for theatrical artists to propose, write, produce, and cultivate new theatre for theatre audiences hungry to see innovative work in their backyard. With this flagship production, the group hopes to inspire and foster a delightful creative team of designers, directors, writers, actors, and more to work together in creating a new theatre experience for Norfolk.


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