'Takin' Over the Asylum': Understanding Mental Illness

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May is Mental Health Month, where it is encouraged to educate people on the reality and risks of mental illness. This national observance reaches people through media, local events, and screenings.

Rapid City-based Seraphim Theatrical Entertainment is promoting awareness through a drama called "Takin’ Over the Asylum."

The play provides insight into the social stigma behind mental illness, as well as the reality that we all face challenges and we all need help.

“The interesting thing about the show is that the patients are not cardboard cutouts,” says local actor David Scott. "They’re people with their own wants and their own problems. Campbell, for instance, takes it personally when people judge himself and the other patients by their diagnoses.”

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Watch the video above to get to know the cast and crew.

The drama was a BBC Scotland miniseries which first aired in November of 2000. The local reenactment is directed by Stephen Farruggia, who gives credit to his colleague Bridgett Hill for pushing for the show's production.

“This is a story that needs to be heard," says Seraphim co-owner Bridgett Hill. "It’s very relevant; it’s very pertinent with the issues that they deal with and the characters that are built within the show.”

The drama continues May 4-6 with doors opening at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15. The theater is located in the Rushmore Mall. SEE MAP

For more details, you can call 605-545-4807 or go to Seraphim's website.

Some cast and crew from "Takin' Over the Asylum"

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