Next to Normal

Directed by Doug Greer

March 24 to April 2, 2023

The 3rd production of the 2022-2023 Season

Pacifica Spindrift Players is proud to present Next to Normal – a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that tells the story of a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness have on her family.

Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart, while addressing such issues as grieving and loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

The Production Team

Doug Greer Director