WAKEFIELD, Neb. -- The Little Red Hen Theatre in Wakefield is putting on a production of the 1982 Marsha Norman play "'Night, Mother" this weekend.

The play is known to be a heavy drama and won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize.

Managing director Adam Goos said the performance will be one that's more serious than usual productions at the theatre. 

"It is a play that makes you think, that makes you put this condition that is right in front of you into context into your own life and to discuss it," he said. "But, it's also an amazing representation of what really great art in our society can do."

"'Night, Mother" is a two-person production about a daughter who wants to take her own life and her mother tries to stop her.

Goos said the heavy theme of mental health in the play prompted the theatre to want to raise awareness for the issue. 

He said he wants the play to begin a conversation for those with mental health needs.

"There's a stigma to talking about these experiences. About making it easy to have conversations about these things so people can seek and get the help they need for it," Goos said.

After each performance, mental health professionals along with the performers will hold an open discussion with audience members to discuss the play and how to better one's own mental health needs.

"We can talk about the context of the play and what happens, answer questions for the audience, as well as, provide some resources for them," Goos said. "We're also including some of our local faith leaders in that conversation as well because we feel like that is important for audiences."

Performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Attendees must be 16 years or older.

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