Broadway Producer to Speak About
Embracing Modern Issues Through the Arts

Art has always been a way of communicating important messages and inspiring people to think. In recent years, Broadway has embraced modern issues through its storytelling to impact a broader audience with relatable and challenging themes.

Jewish Family Service of San Antonio, Rise Recovery, and David’s Legacy Foundation are raising the curtain on these changes in storytelling by hosting a candid conversation about mental health and social issues with Tony award-winning Broadway producer Rachel Weinstein.

The event, “Exploring Mental Health and Social Issues Through the Arts” will be held online Tuesday, October 6 at 5 p.m. CDT.

“Theater and the arts bring a human element to modern issues, such as mental health,” said Dolge. “Musical theater is opening the door for the audience to see that these characters are just people. We’re all humans with flaws.”

During the intimate conversation, Weinstein will answer why she chose to work on Broadway shows with such challenging issues, as well as the importance of discussing these topics through art. She will be joined by fellow panelists Dolge; Evita Moran, CEO of Rise Recovery; and Maurine Molak, Executive Director of David’s Legacy Foundation.

Rachel WeinsteinWeinstein has produced various Broadway shows facing these challenging issues, such as:

  • “Dear Evan Hansen,” a musical about a teen who struggles with social anxiety disorder while dealing with a fellow student’s death by suicide.
  • “To Kill A Mockingbird,” a play that confronts the social issues of racism and coming of age.
  • “Jagged Little Pill,” a new musical based on Alanis Morrissette’s music that addresses social issues such as opioid addiction, sexual assault, bisexuality, and race.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in joining a discussion on the beauty of art in theater during a challenging time. Click here to register for the event.

About Jewish Family Service of San Antonio
Since 1973, Jewish Family Service of San Antonio has strived to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds in San Antonio and the surrounding area, through social, psychological, health and educational programs guided by the Jewish values of “repairing the world” and “taking responsibility for each other.”

About Rise Recovery
Rise Recovery has worked tirelessly for over 40 years to bring change into the world through recovery. We are proud to offer programs and services that help teens, young adults and families overcome the effects of drugs and alcohol, and partner with the community in education and prevention. We keep programs free to those we serve because we strive to eliminate any and all barriers to recovery.

About David’s Legacy Foundation
David’s Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating cyber and other bullying, of children and teens, through education, legislation, and legal action. We fulfill our mission through PEACE: Protecting children and teens from all types of bullying. Educating communities about the harmful effects of cyber abuse. Advocating for families in crisis, facilitating legal assistance through pro-bono lawyers. Celebrating student-driven anti-bullying, kindness and inclusion initiatives. Empowering young people to practice digital empathy and self-care.