BRITE, along with community partners Hasty Storytelling, Give an Hour, and the Hillcrest Center for the Arts present “Knock Knock,” a short 26-minute story by Moorpark College student and playwright Megan Ragone about mental health and the importance of recognizing someone in mental distress.
Megan Ragone, a playwright from Moorpark College, wrote and directed “Knock Knock,” the short play to be performed. “Knock Knock” focuses on the concept of self-harm and ways to help someone in mental distress. Ragone, an employee of the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, CA, uses theatre arts to communicate important and, at times, difficult-to-discuss concepts to engage and educate the community.
Originally intended as a stage play, Knock Knock focuses on two college students sharing a bathroom in a dorm. When one student finds evidence that the other is engaging in self-harm behavior, she finds a way to show that person kindness and love. Please note that self-harm is discussed and implied, though never depicted on screen.
Please watch the top video of the play and, after the play, watch a panel of Mental Health Professionals take questions from Facebook, sharing resources and suggestions for giving and receiving support.