September 2012, at 40 years old, Melissa Bangs gave birth to her
beautiful daughter Adelaide. A month later, dramatically hormone
depleted and sleep
deprived, Melissa is admitted to the Providence Psychiatric Facilities
in a complete manic state. After nearly a month, she is sent home with a
bipolar diagnosis and on lithium. What comes next is an extraordinary
her path back to wholeness, one of the things Bangs did was read her
entire 100 plus page hospital record. Somewhere, around page 87, there
is a nurse’s
note that looks as if it were scribbled late at night after a long
shift. It reads, “Patient says she will do comedy on this experience.”
Upon reading this, Bangs laughed out loud.
psych team couldn’t have possibly known that Bangs has been a
storyteller her entire life and did comedy for a stint, as a student, at
Citizens’ Brigade in New York City. They couldn't have known that
transforming details from the most painful experience of her life into a
room full of laughter would prove healing for so many.
Melissa for an evening of true stories full of bewilderment, chaos and
hilarity. Bangs has a knack for telling true stories that cut to the
of our shared, vulnerable human condition. Her true gift, however,
comes in the moments in which she’s able to strip away the shame or
agony of an experience and transform the room into an uproar of
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