“How Can I Help?” is adapted from a book first published in 1988 by spiritual leader Ram Dass and Paul Gorman. The book examines the many rewards and struggles implicit in being of service to our fellow humans.
The play begins with a definition of service and compassion, looking at who is helping and why. We then examine the tools needed to really be of help to others, as well as analyzing how our intentions color the outcome of our giving. Finally, “How Can I Help” honestly assesses burnout, the challenges and rewards of both caring for clients and family, and the surprising gifts inherent for both “helper” and “helped.”
Six actors portray all the characters who share their first-hand stories of service in the play. Told through monologues and scenes, “How Can I Help?” represents us at our most human; wanting to help, often not knowing how, sometimes resenting it when we do, but ultimately knowing it is a human instinct that must be examined, honored, and cultivated.