Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you the incredible Melissa Bangs. I met Melissa several weeks ago over dinner at Mirch Masala to hear about her intense postpartum experience and how she’s woven this experience into a one-woman show that SOLD OUT in Missoula last year. I’m so excited she’s bringing it here to Bozeman, and I hope you can attend. Blissful Family Yoga is a proud sponsor of the event as I believe in women telling their stories and increasing awareness about postpartum mental health issues. Please join us! Read on for a glimpse of Melissa’s story and please do click over to youtube to view the trailer for the show HERE.
In 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 journey back to wholeness, back to love.
Over the past two years, she has shared her journey with a vast array of audiences. Again and again, people emerge from the woodwork to thank her and ask her to keep telling her story. And so she does. Women, men, young, old, parents and non-parents have responded profoundly. One woman in her late sixties shared that, upon hearing this story, she released the shame she had been carrying for 33 years. Another man in his mid-thirties who is not a dad told Melissa, “I feel more human having heard your story.”
Join 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 bone of our shared, vulnerable human condition. Her true gift, however, comes in the moments in which she’s able to string away the shame or agony of an experience and transform the room into an uproar of laughter.
Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories
October 15th – 17th
The Verge Theater, Bozeman
6:00 Doors Open 7:00 Show Starts
$15 in Advance & $20 at Door
Tickets on sale now at www.playingmonopolywithgod.com