AfterWhys by Catherine Frid


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AfterWhys by Catherine Frid

After the death of his sister, Dan sinks into a deep depression. Dan’s friends at his seniors’ residence struggle with how best to help him through his grief and hopelessness. AfterWhys focusses on the importance of hope and resilience for older adults who face mental health challenges, including suicide. This play also depicts, with humour and compassion, how we can all better support those around us who may need help.

AfterWhys was commissioned by the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin, and created through a community-engaged process.

The Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin (SACWD) produced tours of AfterWhys in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, to mental health conferences, seniors' residences and community centres.

Keywords: hope, resilience, suicide, older adults, seniors, depression, aging
Acts: 1
Run time: 40 minutes

Cast size: 4 actors
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 2
Casting note: The 4 lead roles in AfterWhys are older adults (70s). The play has 7 roles, which with doubling can be performed by 4 actors.
Content note:  AfterWhys depicts depression and discusses suicide.
“This play is very powerful because it was woven together by people in our community who shared their stories of courage, love, hurt and strength.” 
-- Hanover Post

“It’s entertaining, but it also has a really good message behind it.”
-- Guelph Today

"The drama often touches people because it's based on real stories."
-- Orillia Matters

“The actors draw you into each setting. You feel right there. Excellent play, very well written.”
-- audience member

“This was a powerful, authentic and nuanced portrayal of senior suicide and aftermath. So glad I had the opportunity to see it.”
-- audience member