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The Celebrity Guide to Mental Health and Wellness

The Antidote

September 10-October 4

2020 Fringe Festival

70 minutes



Audio Description

Prone to panic? Anxious about everything? Heal yourself the Hollywood way! Join us for this one-of-a-kind “seminar” and discover all the self-help secrets you wish you knew. We promise you’ll never look at mental health the same way again.

Originally produced as a live interactive show in the 2019 Philadelphia SoLow Fest, THE CELEBRITY GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS is a comedic riff on the self-help seminar that tries to make sense of the mixed messages about mental health coming from news reports, celebrities, commercials, and other media. Led by actor/writer Tyler Esselman, the show morphs from Tony Robbins-style seminar to children’s television programming to New Age voice lesson with reckless abandon.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Okra Project’s Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund and Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund, which provide Black trans* individuals one-time sessions with a licensed Black therapist, free of cost.

This work will feature Audio Description and Open Captioning.

Tune in on Instagram and Facebook Live for two free bonus events!
THURSDAY 9/17 – 8pm Eastern – Instagram Live
Live Q&A about the show on Instagram (@findtheantidote) with the artists.
TUESDAY 9/29 – 8pm Eastern – Facebook Live
The artists will be interviewing a representative from Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness in Chicago, an organization that provides support and resources to young adult Black women.

Note: this show contains brief graphic language, as well as the discussion and portrayal of mental illness, anxiety, and panic attacks. The performance also discusses issues of suicide and suicidal ideation. Recommended for ages 18+.


Available to access online beginning Sept 10


$12.50 general access

About the Artists

Director & Co-Creator Michael Osinski Performer & Co-Creator Tyler Esselman Director of Photography Curtis Matzke Editing, Graphics, Sound Design and Mixing Damien Figueras Sound Recordist/AC Camera Peter Dorman Illustrations George Booker

The Antidote is an ever-changing collection of artists led by Philadelphia-based director and theatre artist Michael Osinski. The Antidote believes live performance succeeds most when it entertains audiences and gives them a puzzle to solve. We blend contemporary pop culture with classic plots to craft a new way of telling stories. One that blends timeless tales and viral videos. One that appeals to the fast-paced multi-tasking world we live in. Most recently The Antidote produced RED LODGE, MONTANA (2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival), part live-action nightmare, part unapologetic love letter to David Lynch, staged in a former locker room in the Bok Building in South Philadelphia.

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