Lyrics by Rachel Griffin
Music and Book by Rachel Griffin and Aron Accurso
We Have Apples follows Jane, a quirky nineteen-year-old, who is determined to overcome her mental illness and become a successful writer. Paralyzed by the intensity of Depression, Jane’s illness personified, Jane is forced to check into a psychiatric facility. In the facility, she bonds with the other patients in a writing group and falls in love with her psychiatrist’s son. When a preventable tragedy occurs, will Jane work with the patients to expose the inadequate care online, risk her new love, all while fighting her own illness?
About the piece: We Have Apples aims to fight the stigma associated with mental illness and highlight the barriers to adequate mental health care. From several concerts, a 29-hour reading, and a workshop with Theatre Now NY, the show has many supporters online, and has attracted press, including a video by The Washington Post, and a segment on the National CBS evening news. A mental health hashtag created by the Rachel, that appears in the show, #ImNotAshamed, has been tweeted over 100,000 times.
Development includes: Workshop with Theatre Now NY, WeBroadway concert at Daryl Roth Theatre, Dramatists Guild Showcase at Playwrights Horizons, 54 Below Concert, NY Theatre Barn, Mental Health America National Conference performance (select songs), Theatre Now New York’s Sound Bites Festival, Musical Theatre Factory- 4X15 series, New Light Theatre Project’s Dark Room Series