Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony awards including Best Musical Score, Tibbits professional summer company uses this powerful musical to help the conversation on mental illness.
Next to Normal is a very real depiction of a family in crisis trying to overcome the past. The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. The musical addresses grief, depression, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life through humor and tears.
The goal of the production is to bring attention to mental health issues, dispel stigmas, and open up dialogues through the art of live theatre. To encourage the open dialogue, each performance will include informal discussions and Talkbacks to engage audience members in the dialogue, which will be a discussion of the show with the performers and others involved. Discussions will include health care professionals available for questions, information, and assistance.