Roots & Wings Onstage is a ninety-minute play that spreads awareness about mental health and inspires compassion and perseverance.
Honoring the calls of her ancestors, young Demetra embarks on a high school study abroad program atop a ship with masts and billowing sails. On the first leg of her voyage, she falls severely ill. Neglected in a dark bunk room for nine days, her childhood dream of sailing turns into a nightmare.
Abruptly, Demetra is flown home, where she endures unforeseen health problems and self-inflicted shame. Her life as an active youth is replaced by a period of fear, isolation, and suffering.
But this isn’t a story of demise; this is a story of transformation. Invoking her Greek heritage for strength, Demetra eventually rebuilds her sense of self. The creative arts further help her to heal.