The Counseling Session
by whatsinthemirror?

Jul. 06 - Jul. 10, 2016

Whatsinthemirror? is pleased to bring you The Counseling Session, playing July 6-10 2016 on stage at Santa Cruz Studio Theater. This intense and explosive show written by Whatsinthemirror? founder Tarik Daniels takes us on a journey as we explore the concepts of love, mental health, the Church, and the consequences of our actions through the life of Lionel, a young college student, who is struggling with his blossoming sexuality and the devastation of a broken heart. The Counseling Session takes us to a place of understanding and completion, just to remind us that there is always a price to pay for our actions.

" Love is Real. Mental health is Real. The pain of a broken heart is Real. Abomination of the church is definitely Real. …" —Tarik Daniels

Starring CAMERON “MERCURY” MCKNIGHT, MAE ROSE HILL, NETONYA CLAYTON and AARON LOFTON. Directed by award-winning director LUIS A. ORDAZ GUTIERREZ (B. Iden Payne-Best Director 2015), co-founder and current artistic and executive director of ProyecoTeatro.

“It's a director's dream to have a script so simple in its actions, yet so intense in its narrative, because every minute is spent breaking down the psychology of the lives portrayed in this story. Every minute is spent molding humans straight from words, lines, and phrases that then become raw emotions” says Gutierrez. “The Counseling Session challenges the most uncomfortable conversations in the LGBTQ community of color through its honest portal of the human experience. “

The Counseling Session is a fiscally sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance.


Whatsinsthemirror? is a social movement that provides suicide and mental health awareness and prevention through art and advocacy to people of color by outreaching in the communities where educational resources of mental health are limited with the use of canvassing and theatre art performances and using social media presence to establish the need of love, care, and respect to change the lasting stigma of mental health, with the ultimate goal of saving as many lives as possible.

From workshop reading of April 25, 2016:


(via Carver Museum)

The Counseling Session
by Tarik Daniels

July 06 - July 10, 2016
Santa Cruz Center for Culture
1805 E. 7th Street
Austin, TX, 78702

Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 4:00 pm. Santa Cruz Studio Theater is located at 1805 East 7th street, Austin

Tickets are $15 + service fees for general admission ($10 plus fees for the Wednesday opening). You may purchase tickets on-line at

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