Playing the Game

In Playing the Game, Denise Casey explores the many games she's played in order to belong- from taking cover in a monastery to skip out of rehab, to going halfway across the world to hear the Himalayas, or time traveling through a seventh grade science class. In this 60-minute, one-woman play, Denise follows the games she's played through the seen and unseen world into a larger collective moment, the summer of 2020. Part memoir, part meditation, part make believe, Playing the Game is unshaking in its exploration of possibility and courage.

You ready?

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Denise Casey is a master storyteller and gifted performer. Playing the Game gives truth to the claim that the more we mine our own experiences of suffering, of insight, and of grace, the more universal our story becomes. Casey stages a performative autobiography that never forgets that - more often than not - we are a mystery even to ourselves. 

Katie Gough, dramaturge and Associate Professor of English & Theatre at UVM




Audience Member

I left the show feeling calm and inspired and DELIGHTED - to have experienced storytelling, meditation, music, dance and my own personal art drawing in one show... Still thinking about the river and my ancestors.

Audience Member

Everything touches Everything.
themes explored in Playing the Game

  • Mental Health/Eating Disorders/Addiction

  • Belonging

  • Storytelling

  • Intergenerational Trauma and Ancestral Healing

  • Grief/Loss/Joy 

  • Contemplative Practice and Imagination

Playing the Game Workshop: 

Imagination as Possibility in Practice

One of the largest obstacles to loving and accepting our bodies is we are often living through someone else's imagination of how a body is allowed to be, move, look, express and just exist. In a culture that praises, as Sonya Renee Taylor calls it, a "default body" of straight, white, cis, thin, able-bodied, this imagination may feel like the only way we know how to exist. 


In this workshop we explore our sense of belonging through somatic and mindfulness practices that reclaim our imagination, our attention and begin to cultivate access to ourselves through spaciousness and ease. Participants will leave this workshop with an experiential understanding of the difference between a belonging that reminds us of our integrity and a belonging that damages our integrity.


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"...this is a sticky game friends, lifetimes have been built on this game..."

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Bring Playing the Game to your College, City or Town

Got This Voice, LLC

Burlington, VT

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