TheatreZone and David Lawrence Center Discussion on Mental Illness

The arts can serve society by delivering a powerful message. TheatreZone will team up with Dr. Scott Haltzman and the David Lawrence Center to use a Broadway musical to bring invaluable awareness about mental health issues to Naples.

Join Haltzman at TheatreZone as he explores the powerful themes inside the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal, in a “talk-back” at 4:30 p.m. following the 2 p.m. performance at the G & L Theatre in Community School of Naples March 10.

Next to Normal orbits around a mother struggling with bipolar disorder which noticeably worsens throughout the performance. The play extends to far more complexity, revealing a family dealing with depression, drug abuse and a multitude of deep emotions. The portrayal of the ethics of modern psychiatry will provoke the audience’s thoughts–thoughts Dr. Haltzman and the cast are eager to discuss after the show.

Haltzman is a Brown University Medical School graduate who completed his residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and the Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital as chief resident. He’s written numerous published books and scholarly articles, with his specialty focusing on the inner workings of marriage, families and committed relationships. Haltzman is perfectly qualified to explore Next to Normal’s themes. 

There will be an earlier chance to catch Haltzman at the G&L Theatre on March 3 at 5 p.m., during an opening reception hosted by TheatreZone and David Lawrence Center supporter Lu Drackett. Haltzman will talk about the David Lawrence Center and all the ways it helps children, adults and families deal with mental disorders and psychological and emotional challenges, and offer an opportunity to talk with the audience.    

Both events with Dr. Haltzman are ticket-free, but a reservation is recommended. Call the TheatreZone at 888-966-3352.

Larry Alexander and Karen Molnar star in TheatreZone Naples Next to Normal

Larry Alexander (Dan Goodman) and Karen Molnar (Diana Goodman) play husband and wife in Next to Normal – the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shatters the facade of a suburban family dealing with crisis and mental illness.

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