A play about suicide.
It’s not just about tragedy; it’s also about hope.
Right Before I Go, written by Stan Zimmerman, brings to life the last words of those lost to suicide, including the suicide notes of people including Kurt Cobain, David Foster Wallace, Ralph Barton, and Virginia Woolf as well as those of the heartsick, bullied, veterans, mentally ill and the achingly lonely. This poignant, deeply moving, and surprisingly light play invokes a raw and authentic approach to storytelling in an effort to help broaden public perspective of suicide, eliminate the stigma associated with depression, and strengthen the relationship between survivors and those struggling every day.
“We want to raise awareness,” Zimmerman said. “It’s not just about tragedy; it’s also about hope.” This play will show that in opening up communication about suicide and mental health in the first place is opening up a conversation.
Right Before I Go made its world premiere as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2015, where it received rave reviews. Stage Scene LA called it "Powerful!" and "Deeply Moving!" while ShowMag.com exclaimed, "This piece needs to be heard."
LTV presents Right Before I Go by Stan Zimmerman
Directed by Valerie diLorenzo
Saturday, May 14 - 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 21 - 2 PM & 7:30 PM
VIP Tickets available
The Cast: Amaia Astorr, Matthew Conlon, Nina Dobiszewska, Rachel Feldman, Josh Gladstone, King Johnson, John Leonard, Brian Mott, Joe Pallister, Nicky Seitz, Susan Stout and Elena Sweeney.
Valerie diLorenzo is an accomplished and award-winning NYC Cabaret Artist, Stage Actress, Theatrical Director & Producer. Having appeared in more than 75 musicals and plays, Valerie is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association — some of her favorite theatrical credits include: Rose (Gypsy), Mrs. Johnstone (Blood Brothers), Miss Mona (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Sheila (A Chorus Line), Nancy (Oliver!), Miss Hannigan (Annie), Stella Deems (Follies), Sweet Sue (Sugar), Bunny (The House of Blue Leaves), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Meg (Crimes of the Heart), Belinda/Flavia (Noises Off), Felicia Dantine (I Hate Hamlet) and April (Hot L Baltimore).
She originated the roles of: Elizabeth and Madam Bertin in “Unikely Allies” alongside Mr. Richard Chamberlin at the Pearl Theatre; Mother in “Eco” (NYMF & Guild Hall); Texas Guinan in “Jenny & Me” (York Theatre); Ginger in “And I Always Will”, (by Diana Canova of SOAP) @Westport Playhouse.
Through her production company "Standard Fair", she is dedicated to keeping the Great American Songbook and Broadway showtunes alive: she performs her critically-acclaimed shows throughout the country, plus has played every major cabaret room in NYC. Her new studio album will be released in April 2022.
Among her Producing/Directing credits, Valerie was thrilled to present The Vagina Monologues in benefit for The Retreat and Love Loss and What I Wore in partnership with the Coalition for Women's Cancers @Stonybrook Southampton Hospital. She is honored to collaborate with LTV and Stan Zimmerman to bring this incredibly powerful, poignant and timely piece to the East End community.
She lives in Sag Harbor. Visit www.valeriedilorenzo.com
Stan Zimmerman has written for a variety of iconic televisions series, including The Golden Girls, Roseanne, and Gilmore Girls.
Zimmerman also penned the 1996 feature film, A Very Brady Sequel.
Visit Stan's website HERE.
For those in need:
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
• The Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741
• American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - www.afsp.org
• For a free educational guide on autism and suicidal thoughts click HERE.