Who We Are
Good evening, I’m Richard Cirulli playwright and founder of the Demitasse Players, a 501 (c ) (3) charity. Founded on the mission to write and produce plays to bring awareness to mental health, to help remove its many taboos, and to improve the mental outlook on life. We strongly believe, the stage is an excellent venue to teach people about mental disorders, and to also address how these family of illnesses impact care givers, friends, and family.
I would like to share with you who we are, and why we have taken on this mission to assist humanity in distress. Before we start I would like to take a moment to extend my most sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the Demitasse Players cast members and staff who have dedicated their hearts, mind, and souls to this effect.
To begin with. We as artists are existential and cerebral thinkers, perceptive and spiritual by nature, and born with an awareness and sensitivity to our surrounding environment. Artists are the conscious of a society whose eyes see life with all its beauty and ugliness. Whose ears hear the the voices of the mighty and the downtrodden, whose hands touch the mud below and the raiment’s of kings, whose breathe inhales the air of the free and suppressed, and whose flesh feels both a lover’s pain and pleasure. Artists take these feelings and sensations and take them deep within our souls; we make you laugh, sad, angry, distant, bringing great joy, make you feel alone at times, even make you want to strike out in the name of justice, or make you cry as we take our etched memories to be painted on a canvas, to write a new
song to dance to, or write a new play to make us think, or a new form to sculpt, all in the hope of sharing our observations as a social emotion for all to view. The art is not just about the artist….it is just a reflection of the artist’s environment. In essence, the artist’s tools and perceptions are the mirror of our human condition, and our social conscious.