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Tackling Eating Disorders with Humor

Updated: 4 days ago

Have you ever read something that knocks your socks off?

Something you think everyone should read because it will open their minds and their souls?

I have.

My name is Barbara Burke, I’m a former attorney and current freelance journalist.

The work I’m talking about are the Transformative Plays of Carl Stillitano.

Carl’s had a pretty hard life growing up. He knows what it's like to struggle, to want to get better, to face adversity. And to overcome it.

I think everyone should read his plays. Certainly high school kids should read them. Carl’s plays address themes that can alter your mental health for the better.

For instance, take his play “The Donut Shop.” It’s one of the funniest, most candid things I’ve ever read about eating disorders. This should be in every high school. In the playwright conferences they offer theater, but also in literature classes, because this addresses something that is not talked about a lot, that is ignored and often is not diagnosed eating disorders. And it's rather a humorous play that makes you more comfortable with these sensitive issues, whether it's anorexia, bulimia, or overeating. We won't tell the whole story, but basically three people with various eating disorders get locked in, of all places, a doughnut shop. And one doesn't want to share that she has an eating disorder, but the others discern it, following that as a conversation between them of the challenges of eating disorders as well as the battles that they have inside themselves to either not admit that they have them.

It’s also an outlet to transform your life. You see, when you read a play like “The Donut Shop” aloud with family and friends … You get to inhabit its characters.

Their issues become your issues. Their struggles become your struggles.

Their answers become your answers.

As a theater artist, Carl Stillitano intuitively understands the healing power of drama. He knows that so many of us struggle today with issues we find very hard to express.

That’s why his work is important. That’s why you need to read it right now.

Do something about your mental health. When you do this, you spread the love. Carl generously donates 50% of your purchase to the recipient of your choice.

Read a transformative play today. It will change your life for the better.



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