Bipolar Brunch, a Reading
In this comedy about bipolar disorder, a weekly brunch event brings together an eruptive sixteen-year-old obsessed with photosynthesis, a young life coach/drug dealer, a 73-year-old choreographer, a man who introduces himself as a famous fue flutist, and the 35-year-old botanist who organized the event and is trying desperately to hold everyone together. In spite of the obvious point of connection (they all have bipolar disorder), the characters struggle to remain civil to one another, let alone find common ground. In the process, a new love begins between improbable candidates, redemption germinates, and the one stable individual of the bunch takes a sojourn from reality while changing her medication regimen. The play is an intergenerational comedy in which characters grapple with various facets of this protean illness, and strive for acceptance and community.