Comic's Show BECOMING MORE LESS CRAZY Shines Light on Inner Darkness at Seattle Fringe Festival
Solo comedy performer Bill Bernat brings four performances of his show Becoming More Less Crazy to the Eclectic Theater as part of the 2017 Seattle Fringe Festival in late March. The show, promoting mental health awareness, is written and performed by Bill Bernat, and directed by Harry Turpin.Bernat, a marketing director for a local technology company, tells the true story of how he stopped wanting to commit suicide, conquered addiction, lost nearly 120 pounds, and overcame his social anxiety in this odyssey to what he calls "living well." "I admit the premise sounds a little far-fetched for a comedy show," said Bernat. "People sometimes laugh when they feel they're not supposed to during the show, but that's okay and part of the healing process. I went through some seriously dark times, and I now find being able to shine a light on mental health issues through this show helps others talk about their experiences." Becoming More Less Crazy is set to be performed at the Eclectic Theater in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, 1214 10th Avenue, on the following dates and times:
- Friday, March 24 at 6pm
- Saturday, March 25 at 2pm
- Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm
- Saturday, April 1 at 7pm
Already, Bernat's performance is being recognized by both the theater and mental health communities. "Bill Bernat's story is riveting," said Clayton Weller, Founder of Pocket Theater. "He artfully destigmatizes mental health conditions by tackling the subject with a light heart and a quick wit. No one else has ever made me laugh so earnestly about suicide.""I want to thank Bill Bernat for his important humorous voice on mental health that makes it easier to start the conversation," said Katherine Switz, Executive Director of The Stability Network. "He has a way of challenging our perceptions about an important topic." Bernat has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, KOMO Radio, KUOW, and Comedy Central. Harry Turpin is a Director/Choreographer in the Puget Sound area whose recent credits include The Who's Tommy at Seattle Musical Theater (Broadway World Awards: Best Director, Best Choreography) and Fly by Nightwith Reboot Theatre Company. This show is part of Seattle Fringe Festival 2017, a program of Theatre Puget Sound, a 501 c3 non-profit organization. Tickets are $10 and available at bit.ly/morelesscrazy.