Wendell Tucker Hates the World/The New Face of Depression
Shining a Light on the Darkness of Depression.
One year ago, Theatre Producer and native Chicagoan, Wendell Tucker was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Today Wendell is taking the fight for wellness from his personal life to the world itself. The goal is to raise funds for a National Tour of "Wendell Tucker Hates the World", a one man show chronicling his fight with Major Depressive Disorder and to film the accompanying DVD "The New Face of Depression", where he aims to shine a light on how Depression affects individuals in Minority communities.
Recent studies have shown that African Americans and Hispanics are less likely to be diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and less likely to receive adequate treatment once diagnosed. The numbers are staggering with the post diagnosis treatment disparity between ethnic groups and Caucasian groups reaching 16%. Lack of awareness about resources, health care coverage, racial discrimination and social stigma of mental illness in minority communities have all been noted to contribute to this issue. Major Depressive Disorder can be managed and overcome with proper therapy and medication if necessary.
Wendell Tucker Hates the World" is a hilarious one man show about the views and experiences of Writer/Producer, Wendell Tucker. In the span of one hour, Wendell rages against the world, giving verbal choke-slams to everything in his path. Everything is fair game including love, working in the customer service industry, dating in the social media age, health care, pop culture and even things seemingly harmless, as the “wiggly, jiggly wrongness” that is Jell-o.
What can possibly cause a person to feel such malice towards the world? How do you deal with such deep seated anger? Are these just the rantings of the “world's angriest playwright”, or is there a deeper, more pervasive issue causing Wendell Tucker to Hate the World?
"The New Face of Depression" is an in depth look at how Depression is affecting inner city minority men, the response from the community and how they have overcome. We intend to shatter the stigma of Depression in minority communities and inspire others to get help through our stories.