The Manic Monologues premiered via three sold-out shows and standing ovations in Stanford University's Pigott Theater (May 2019). Open Door Rep then performed three sold-out shows in Iowa, with proceeds benefiting NAMI Greater Des Moines (Nov. 2019). The play was performed as a sold-out matinee in Los Angeles, California through The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA (Feb. 2020). In Australia, a student's solo performance was nominated for OnStage as a top-scoring performance across the state of New South Wales (Nov. 2020).
Live in-person performances will resume with a Northwell Health-sponsored production by the Osler Society Medicine in Theater Group at Zucker School of Medicine Hofstra/Northwell in New York (Feb. 2022), a production by New Tampa Players in partnership with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in Florida (May 2022), and numerous performances in the works.
The Manic Monologues exists to bring diverse stories to communities worldwide to disrupt stigma. Empathy, understanding, and support have never been more critical than during the unprecedented burden of COVID-19.
After numerous cancellations of live-show plans, The Manic Monologues pivoted to the virtual (and in ways, more accessible) realm. Our free "Virtual Experience" by McCarter Theatre Center in partnership with Princeton University, The 24 Hour Plays, One Mind, and others was selected as a Nominee for the 2021 Drama League Awards, the oldest theatrical honors in America (marking the first time in the Awards' 87-year history that Nominees from beyond Broadway and Off-Broadway were selected). Wonderful virtual productions have also been brought to life by Prince George's Community College in Maryland (Apr. 2021), Virtual Theater Lab in Arizona (June 2021), and Ferris State University in Michigan (Oct. 2021).
The Manic Monologues was filmed in Florida in partnership with AdventHealth (Aug. 2020). So far, the film has: served as keynote for AdventHealth's 30th Annual Conference on Mission (Sep. 2020), screened at Stanford School of Medicine (Oct. 2020), served as the final session at the Seventh-day Adventist Church's North American Division Year-End Meeting (Nov. 2020), served as closing session of California Hospital Association's 15th Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium (Dec. 2020), screened for NAMI San Francisco (May 2021), served as part of our workshops for Australian nonprofit Orygen's Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship (June 2021), screened for Viterbo University in Wisconsin (Sep. 2021), served as special session for Mayo Clinic's Annual Humanities in Medicine Symposium (Sep. 2021), and been shared with Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Suicide Prevention Network (Oct. 2021).
Humboldt County Suicide Prevention Network
Oct. 14, 2021