Broadway-style play about suicide prevention, mental health coming to Jasper, Vincennes

Broadway-style play about suicide prevention, mental health coming to Jasper, Vincennes

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September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019 / Broadway-style play about suicide prevention, mental health coming to Jasper, Vincennes

VINCENNES, Ind. – A meaningful play is coming to the Vincennes University and Vincennes University Jasper campuses.
Josh Rivedal will perform the Broadway-style, one-man show “Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt” on Sept. 26 in Jasper and Vincennes. The show addresses themes of suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

The performances are free and open to the public.

Rivedal’s performance at Vincennes University Jasper is from noon-1 p.m. in the Jasper Campus Classroom Building. It is part of a Lunch and Learn event. The 60-minute, three-part program features the play, an education session, and a discussion focusing on mental health.

To sign up, contact VU Jasper Student Activities Coordinator Cathy Egler at or 812-481-5941.

Rivedal’s performance in Vincennes is from 4-6 p.m. in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center Theater located on the VU campus.  

Rivedal is an actor, international public speaker, author, and playwright. As a public speaker, he focuses on suicide prevention, mental health, diversity/inclusion, and anti-bullying.

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