THE GRIEVING PROJECT is a multi-media spoken word musical about finding your voice and an exploration of acceptance, grieving and thriving for people with challenging mobility, immunity, and mental health realities. It is the story of four disabled artists with acquired onset illnesses, who find their voices and thrive while navigating mental health, relationships, and grieving their transformations, loss of identities, and their illnesses. Told in 14 stages of grieving and thriving with spoken word and music, it asks: “How can we live fully and thrive if we don’t grieve?” It integrates a unique concept: the lead characters only speak during songs until each “finds her/his voice” and sings. It uses a distinct story structure and concept of 14 stages of grieving and thriving to explore characters’ different grief experiences and mental states. The story moves between the present-using a Zoom show as a structural device for lead characters to connect-and the past-through flashbacks.
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Living with a chronic illness for 15 years, Lisa Sniderman, also known as Aoede, creates, records, and shares her original musicals, art, music, and stories to express, foster healing, elevate, empower and advocate for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities to grieve and thrive. She’s been honored with 100+ awards and accolades for songwriting, albums, films, stage plays, spoken word, books, all while battling a rare, disabling autoimmune disease. (Read More)