LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 14, 2012) - Mental health issues are more prevalent than many people realize, which is why the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is using art to bring community awareness.
UAMS's Psychiatric Research Institute is hosting a 'Night at The Rep', highlighting mean health issues through a performance of the Tony award-winning play Next to Normal.
With a thrilling contemporary rock score, Next to Normal is an "emotional powerhouse" about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other amid the humor and turmoil of mental illness.
The story revolves around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder.
"Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that is characterized by dramatic shifts in mood, energy, activity level and behavior that then impacts a person's ability to function from day to day," says Psychiatrist Molly Gathwright.
To help better address mental issues, UAMS will have a clinicians on hand after the Tuesday, May 15 performance to talk more indepth about biopolar disorder and more.
This event is open to the public. Tickets are $40. For more information or to purchase tickets to this night, contact Cary Wilson at (501) 526-8100 or visit the first floor reception area at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute.
(Source: The Rep)