WESTPORT, CT, May 1, 2023 – This May 12th and May 19th, Experience Camps for grieving children will lead a talk-back session after Audible Theater’s production of Michael Cruz Kayne’s self-authored show “Sorry For Your Loss.” The solo show is a funny, emotional, and heartfelt look at life and death that cuts through the platitudes of grief and gets real.
The idea for “Sorry for Your Loss” began with a tweet. On the 10th anniversary of a profound loss, the death of his son, Michael Cruz Kayne—Emmy-nominated comic and writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”—felt compelled to describe his feelings of grief on Twitter in 140 characters or less. Hundreds of thousands of people tweeted back with shows of support from around the globe.
Overwhelmed by the response, he decided to begin writing “Sorry for Your Loss,” a live stand-up show that explores the funny (yes, funny) side of grief, including absurd things about the funeral industry, platitudes people say to those who are mourning, and strange things grievers do to cope with their feelings. As Cruz Kayne said in a recent interview, “Losing a child is not funny; that’s bottomless sadness. I would never try to convince anyone otherwise. What is funny is all the crap that surrounds it.”
The show opens Monday, May 8th and will have a six-week limited engagement at the Minetta Lane theater in New York City. It will also be recorded and released on Audible at a later date, extending its reach to millions of listeners around the world.
Experience Camps will lead two post-show, talk-back sessions reflecting on the comedy show’s themes around grief, and answering questions from the audience:
- On Friday, May 12, there will be a talk-back with Experience Camps’ Brie Overton, Chief Clinical Officer; Dan Wolfson, a Clinical Director for Experience Camps; and Jesse Moss, Senior Marketing Manager at Experience Camps;
- On Friday, May 19, there will be a conversation in partnership with Experience Camps with Dan Wolfson, a Clinical Director for Experience Camps and Victoria Grinman, a Grief Specialist for Experience Camps, moderated by Rehan Choudhry, the Co-Founder x CEO of Chptr, a tech startup reimagining the memorialization of lost loved ones.
Says Michelle Cove, Director of Communications for Experience Camps, “We’re so excited about the show because thoughtful, humorous content like this creates a huge opportunity to help normalize grief while learning how we can all better show up for one another. We’re also thrilled that our grief specialists will be at two talk-backs to share helpful insights about grieving and answer audience questions.”
About Michael Cruz Kayne: He is a comedian, actor and writer based in NYC. He is currently a staff writer on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” where his work has earned him a Peabody Award, a WGA Award and three Emmy nominations. Acting credits include HBO’s “The White House Plumbers” and “High Maintenance,” as well as Apple TV’s “Severance” and “Helpsters,” among others. Michael also has a Signal Award-winning and Webby-nominated podcast about grief, A Good Cry.
About Audible Theater: Audible Theater makes outstanding performances and powerful storytelling available to millions of people all over the world. In May 2018, Audible announced that the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village will serve as its creative home for live performances in New York. Audible hosts and produces a wide variety of live performances at the Minetta Lane including dramatic plays, comedic shows, engaging panel discussions, and more.
About Experience Camps: Experience Camps is an award-winning national nonprofit that transforms the lives of grieving children through summer camp programs and innovative, year-round initiatives. Through compassion, connection, and play, we allow grieving children to embody a life full of hope and possibility. By amplifying their voices, we are creating a more grief-sensitive culture.
For more information, contact: Michelle Cove, Director of Communications at Experience Camps; email@example.com.