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.

Suicide Prevention Resources

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.