Next to Normal is a 2008 American rock musical. The story centers around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness and its management have had on her family. The musical also addresses the issues of grief, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and the underbelly of suburban life. Next to Normal won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Representatives from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program and the University of Michigan Depression Center will be holding talk-backs with the audience following the four Sunday matinee performances:
February 3: Melvin McInnis, M.D., Research Director, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program
February 10: Christine Ribbens Grimm, B.S.N, R.N., Clinical Research Nurse, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program and Will Heininger, Mental Health Outreach Coordinator, University of Michigan Depression Center
February 17: Erica Vest, LMSW, Research Area Specialist, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program and Kris Konz, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program
February 24: Maria Bastida, MS, APRN, Nurse Practitioner, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program