Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance Presents "Next to Normal"

The play continues the 2017-18 Lab Theatre season.

Next to Normal

The Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance will present Brian Yorkey’s “Next to Normal” Nov. 13-19 in the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Lab Theatre.

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, “Next to Normal” focuses on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family. This portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is a feel-everything musical which asks viewers, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.

“With psychiatrists still discovering the endless intricacies of mental illness, it’s important to do a piece that explores the ripple effects of a family wading through the unknowns of bipolar disorder,” said Katie Hahn, a third-year Master of Fine Arts performance and pedagogy student and director of the play. “There aren’t many musicals that address issues like the ones the Goodman’s face in ‘Next to Normal,’ but I think the pain, humor and love of this deeply human story lend themselves to this groundbreaking piece of musical theater.”

Curtain times for the 2017-18 Lab Theatre season are 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for the show are $10 for individuals and $5 for students with a valid student ID. A limited number of free student rush tickets are available for Texas Tech students.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call (806) 742-3603 or visit the School of Theatre & Dance website.

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School of Theatre & Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance

Texas Tech's School of Theatre and Dance is part of the College of Visual & Performing Arts. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The university is one of two in Texas to offer all traditional degrees in theatre, and one of only three in the southwest to offer a Ph.D. in Fine Arts.

Students in the School of Theatre and Dance pursue a core curriculum that includes training in the areas of design, acting, directing, dance, stage management, history and playwriting.