Walk the line… to hope. As part of NC Theatre’s production of Ring of Fire—featuring music and stories of Johnny Cash (who had a history of struggling with addiction)—the theater company has announced a “arts-in-recovery” partnership with Healing Transitions, a local organization that “provides hope and freedom to the homeless, uninsured and underserved struggling with addiction.”
The key component of the partnership is season 2, episode 4 of NCT’s panel discussion series, All In: Community Conversations entitled “Ring of Fire, Recovery and Redemption.” Hosted by NC Theatre President and CEO Elizabeth Doran and led by local performing artist Yolanda Rabun, it features Ring of Fire Director Randy Redd alongside panelists including Healing Transitions Executive Director Chris Budnick and Development Director Windi White, as well as Jazmine Addams (board member of the Onslow County LGBTQ Community Center, Onslow County NAACP member and First Silver Chip Transgender from Healing Transitions), and others.
“Addiction crosses every line when it comes to status, talent, education, title, wealth, poverty, race and gender,” says White, a visual artist who uses arts workshops to aid the recovery process. “Healing Transitions is honored to partner with NC Theatre for their production of Ring of Fire. Together through art, experience, strength and hope, we look forward to providing a platform that shines light on recovery.”
The episode corresponds with NC Theatre’s Ring of Fire production—which runs through May 8—and conforms with NCT’s “All In” vision for diversity, equity and inclusion “with an aim to connect NCT with our broader community to ensure access by all to our theatrical and educational programs,” says Doran. In addition to the digital dialogue, the partnership includes a lobby display of art pieces created in the arts-in-recovery process at Healing Transitions, free tickets for Healing Transitions participants and staff, and the exchange of teaching artists who will work with constituents of both organizations.
“Our mutually beneficial community partnerships are critical to this vision,” adds Doran, “and we are deeply honored to join the ‘village’ of community supporters of this distinguished and successful health and human services nonprofit.”