UAMS to Sponsor Performance of ‘Next to Normal’

By Nate Hinkel

Tickets are $20, which includes a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a question-and-answer session with members of the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute – Northwest’s faculty following the performance, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at

“Next to Normal” is an entertaining and insightful look at bipolar disorder, a serious and often misunderstood medical condition that affects more than 2.5 million adults nationally.

A winner of three Tony Awards in 2009, “Next to Normal” also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, only the eighth musical to receive that honor. But it was not those distinctions that drew the Psychiatric Research Institute – Northwest to the play, but its central theme of a family coping with the mental illness of one of its members.

“The play revolves around a mother who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a very real and serious problem not only in northwest Arkansas but throughout the United States,” said Michael Hollomon, M.D., medical director of the Psychiatric Research Institute – Northwest, which is based in the Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. “We understand the problems this can cause within a family and hope the play will encourage people in similar circumstances to openly discuss these issues. The Psychiatric Research Institute – Northwest is proud to be partnering with TheatreSquared on this very special play.”

For more information, call Tim Hudson at (479) 713-8103.
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