Talk to Me, a new play about aphasia written by and starring Megan Bussiere and directed by Broadway Associate Director Nikki DiLoreto (Tony nominated Kiss Me, Kate, David Henry Hwang’s Soft Power) will debut in New York this June. TLab Shares hosts this production, along with investors Tessa Faye of Tessa Faye Talent (Abnormal), ML Josepher, (Beeotch the Series) and Jon Hoche (Voice of Kong- King Kong).
Joining Bussiere in the cast are Joseph Thanner, Ashlee Voorsanger, ML Josepher, David Lambert, Pat Swearingen, Ted Wold, Paul Whelihan, Aja Downing, David Lamberton, Holly Rhoades, and John Daggan. The Talk to Me creative team includes Stage Manager Joseph McCabe, Assistant Stage Manager Sydney Hayes, Lighting Designer Kyle Lefeber, Costume Designer Tinea Abdallah, Sound Designer Greg Scalera, and Aphasia Consultant Avi Golden.
Talk to Me follows a support group for people living with aphasia. When they discover that the clinic is in danger of closing, they all band together in an elaborate plan to raise awareness about aphasia and save their community.
This production aims to raise awareness about aphasia and also to give back directly to the aphasia community. Avi Golden (Aphasia Consultant) and John Daggan (actor) both bring their talents and unique insight to this production, as they are also stroke survivors themselves, who are living with aphasia.
A portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales of this production are being donated to the National Aphasia Association, as well as the aphasia support groups of Kean University, JFK Medical Center, and Adler Aphasia Center.