Why I Am the Way I Am

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Actress Erin Elizabeth Burns is teaming up with the non-profit Life After Hate to promote the understanding of our society’s villains in hopes to humanize those who dehumanize.

Her 1-woman 1-act play, Why I am the Way I am: 7 Stories of people you probably already hate©, is an exploration into the humanity of society’s most vilified people in an attempt to lean away from judgment and into compassion. The audience gets to know them on a deeper level and find out once and for all, why they are the way they are; what helped form their belief systems and points of view.

Each audience member is given the chance to ask the burning questions they would want to ask these extremists, if given the opportunity; opening doors into courageous conversation… where change can begin.

The final Producer’s Encore Performance will be produced by MPact Pictures at the Hollywood Fringe Festival July 9th, 8 pm at the Hudson Theaters.

*A portion of all ticket sales goes to Life After Hate an organization helping people to leave the violent far-right to connect with humanity and lead compassionate lives.

Erin said:
“To learn about someone’s background, how they grew up, what influences they had around them as a child helps in sewing back together their humanity. It makes it easier not to judge when we discover that we are truly all the same at our core.”

For more information/show trailer/reviews: MPact Pictures www.mpactpictures.com and www.whyiamthewayiam.com

Editor’s Note – Recent studies show:
• Teen suicide rate is up 151% from social media use, primarily Instagram
• Facebook earnings in 2020 were 86 Billion
• Currently 733 hate groups in the U.S.
• White Supremacists were responsible for 81% of domestic terrorist killings in 2019

Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Fortune.com, Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti-Defamation League