“The Manic Monologues” is a play consisting of diverse, true stories of mental illness, performed for the first time at Stanford University May 2-4. Mental illness is taboo, even in the Bay Area.
When Zack Burton experienced a psychotic break and bipolar diagnosis as a Ph.D. student at Stanford, his co-founder (Elisa Hofmeister, Stanford Medicine) and he were struck by the absence of relatable experiences. 1 in 4 Americans experiences a mental health condition in any given year, so why isn’t there conversation?
Zack and Elisa are working with a Canadian performer featured in NYT, CNN, WSJ; a fmr. advisor to Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”; an editor of NYT bestsellers and two Pulitzer Prize-winning stories; an Emmy Award-winning journalist and medical doctor; and a playwright and Pulitzer finalist.
This play features brave stories from people across the world. These stories convey struggle and pain, but also humor, triumph, and joy. They will challenge your idea of what it means to live with a mental health disorder. The stories we share aim to spread awareness and to disrupt stigma.
Thursday May 2, 2019, 7-8:30PM
Friday May 3, 2019, 7-8:30PM
Saturday May 4, 2019, 7-8:30PM