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By Hannah Romero
Staff Writer 

Local playwright's story comes to life in Actors' Mission performance


March 24, 2022

Hannah Romero

Lynda, Gris and Karen Pentz work together to convince Greg Cooper, a journalist, to see a new perspective on a story he wrote about recent events in the local prison. Actors include, from left: Alex Vase, Usman Humayun, Sara Leach and Jim Gustafson.

Patricia Swan-Smith has had a story in her heart and on her mind for over a decade, and she'll finally be able to not only share it with others but see it come to life on stage with the Actors' Mission's latest production, "A Reason."

The play deals with the topics of mental health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), suicide, trauma and the role these subjects play in the American prison system. Swan-Smith wrote the story based largely on her own experiences as a journalist and mental health therapist who has worked in prisons in Georgia and Montana as well as the Wyoming women's priso...

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