The Show

“Erin Mahone accomplishes something of huge importance in her one-woman show: She puts mental illness front and center, thereby beginning to dissolve its stigma. The fact that she does so with humor and grace simply makes her achievement that much more impressive. I cannot think of anyone who would fail to delight in Erin’s performance and who would walk away unchanged.”

~ Dr. Fred Orelove, Former Executive Director of the Partnership for People with Disabilities 

“Virginia Rep was pleased and proud to host the rousing cabaret performance presented by Erin Mahone last Saturday on the lobby stage of our Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn…honoring May as Mental Health Month. A sold-out crowd of 120 cheered on Erin’s bravura performance of great songs and heartwarming family memories.”

~Virginia Repertory Theatre


People are broken – every single one of us. Throughout my life as a weird, ugly, lonely, creative, super-loved, exceedingly sensitive person I have wondered how the hell to make the brokenness hurt less, how to connect more with the world and how to make sense of suffering. It occurred to me that there was something of use in it all but I didn’t know what until a few years ago. It started with just writing down stories about my family – grandparents, parents, in-laws, my children. Then a little blogging here and there, then a book which is nearly complete – but in the process of the book it dawned on me that I was a singer and what if I combined the stories with songs that I loved? Could I do that? Well it turns out that I’m an adult and I can do whatever I want – who knew. So I did it – and guess what – people actually  came AND they liked it! The only way I know how to make sense of the brokenness is to share it with others so that we can all feel less alone.




  1. I couldn’t agree more! This is something I have often thought about and I’m glad that you brought it to my attention.


  2. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…


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