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Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:16

JPAC production shines light on mental illness, suicide

Written by  Staff Writer
JANESVILLE — This August the Janesville Performing Arts Center will produce an original play inspired by mental health and suicide prevention in Rock County.
Local playwright Jim Lyke has met with representatives from the community and NAMI to pen “When I Go.”

“Although the play is fiction, it is inspired by real stories and real events conveyed during hours of interviews with local leaders who provide mental health and suicide prevention services in the area,” according to a news release from the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

JPAC Executive Director Nathan Burkart will direct the play. Burkart was a professional actor and director in Los Angeles for more than eight years. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis.

Lyke wrote “There’s No Place” about homelessness, which was presented last year at JPAC.
“We are thrilled to bring back a second installment to this series that hopefully brings awareness and light to a very relevant and serious topic to the Janesville/Rock County community,” Burkart said in the release. “It is through this type of work that JPAC demonstrates its ability to use theater as a vehicle for deeper conversations ... ”
Auditions will be held Wednesday, June 12, at JPAC. Email Burkart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an audition time. There are male and female roles available.

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