NExt to Normal
directed by Paul Jonathan Davis
Aug 8 - Aug 25
Paper Wing Theatre
320 Hoffman Ave. Monterey, CA 93940
Performances will begin at 8 pm thursday-saturday
sunday performances will begin at 2 pm*
Trigger warning: Depression, self-harm, drug abuse, suicide
*Sunday performances will not include explicit language
Next to Normal is the story of Diana Goodman and her family. Traumatized by the death of her infant son from an undiagnosed intestinal obstruction, Diana has lived with bipolar depressive disorder and delusional episodes for the past seventeen years. The illness has affected everyone in her life, and has nearly torn her family apart on several occasions. With subject matter rendered achingly recognizable by Brian Yorkey, and a dynamic, energetic pop-rock score by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal is a show that enables a small group of actors to showcase powerhouse vocals while exploring pressing contemporary issues of trauma, loss, mental health treatment, and the meaning of family.
As we discuss mental health in this powerful and groundbreaking show, we recognize that members of our community may also be struggling with mental health. You are not alone, and there is help available. For resources and 24/7 confidential support, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Website.